I am not going to get a chance to touch on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, however a classmate of mine has done an excellent job describing how cross-dressing is a way for people to perform their opposite gender roles. She includes some great modern-day examples as well such as the movies She’s the Man and Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The 1980’s band, Culture Club released their song Karma Chameleon, explaining that, “The song is about the terrible fear of alienation that people have the fear of standing up for one thing. It’s about trying to suck up to everybody. Basically, if you aren’t true, if you don’t act like you feel, then you get Karma-justice, that’s nature’s way of paying you back.” I believe that Boy George wrote this song as an expression of his own life experiences and physical appearance. The meaning of this song would resonate strongly with the characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Cross dressing was common in the Elizabethan era and was most often found on the stage of theatrical performances. It can be described as individuals wearing clothes that are not associated with their gender. Young male actors who had not yet hit puberty were always cast in the roles of…
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