Any reader usually concentrates on the major characters because their actions or reactions change or lead the movement of the play. The role of minor characters are usually seen as secondary and not of any dramatic importance; however, in Shakespeare’s work the reader must pay attention also to the minor characters in drama. Minor as some of them could be as essential as the major ones.They can control the behaviour of the main characters and act differently by influencing them.
The play Twelfth Night is set in a Elizabethan country household in a place called Illyria. Illyria is a fictional place. Although the setting felt familiar to the audience, the name Illyria gave it a feeling of escape from reality, something that was important because everyday life could be tough in those days.