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(7) Snow Line

We're not going to lie, getting the hang of Elizabethan language can be a little rough at first. Here's the deal: once you get comfortable with Shakespeare's voice, you see that Twelfth Night is completely doable. Compared to other Shakespeare comedies, the plot is pretty straight forward. Viola cross-dresses as "Cesario" and falls in love with Duke Orsino, who is smitten with Olivia, who is hot for "Cesario" but ends up marrying Viola's look-alike twin brother, Sebastian. Meanwhile, Toby and Andrew party like their parents are out of town for the weekend and they're home alone, where they bully the annoying tattletale Malvolio, until he cries and says he's going to get back at them some day.

If you can follow the dramatic love triangles that unfold every day at your school, you can read Twelfth Night. Seriously. You should start reading now.

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