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This statement by Nietzsche applies to a great extent in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare Since it is a comedy there certainly is a feast of happiness and humour and therefore there must be cruelty Cruelty is shown in a number of ways but it often coexists with disguise and things not being what they seem The characters inflicting this cruelty have an inner Appolonian - Dionysian struggle which is the reasoning and orderly side of their mind versus the feeling and chaotic side When the Dionysian side prevails it usually leads to cruelty except in the case of revenge when both sides agree with each other Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was born on October 15 1844 in the small German town of R bei L At the young age of 24 he became the Professor of Classics at Basel University at 26 he became a full Professor and at 45 he became insane He did a study on the existence of God and concluded that God does not exist Belief in God impoverishes human lives and Belief in a life after death reduces the dignity and the value of human existence now He was known for making clear-cut conclusions with no reservations In the year 1900 Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche died Cruelty in Twelfth Night is common throughout the play and since it is a comedy it follows that cruelty must be a byproduct of happiness and humour It is as Nietzsche said there is no feast without cruelty In the case of Twelfth Night the feast is the happiness and humour and the cruelty is the general unkindness shown amongst the characters in Twelfth Night The feast enjoyed by one or some of the characters is often to the expense of others this is the case when Malvolio is tricked when Sir Toby tricks Sir Andrew about the challenge in Olivias treatment of Duke Orsino in Malvolios manner of treating others in Cesarios
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