At one point, Orsino is depressed over his unreciprocated love for Olivia and in the next instant he claims to love Viola. He likes the idea of being in love with someone, whilst being fixated on one person to the next. Love needs to be pure and genuine intention, whereas Orsino needs to understand the passion and true emotion of love. Although Orsino and Viola ended together, their love may not be true love with passion. Orsino may have trouble expresses his inner emotions for Viola since he hasn’t fully developed them for Viola.
True love exists only in the character’s words and feelings such as selfishness and obsession are mistaken for true love. By analyzing each character’s relationships one can argue that the characters are persuaded to falsely fall in love and that love is simply an illusion. The questioning and persistence of true love begins with the opening scene. It is a dialog between a minor, ... ... middle of paper ... ...m man. Throughout A Midsummer’s Night Dream Shakespeare argues that the notion that is perceived as love is often not love at all and it’s rather selfishness or an obsession.
But then on a deeper level Shakespeare is also making fun of the shallowness of humankind. All of these people are saying they are in love with people that they don’t even know. Orsino is in love with Olivia because he thinks she’s beautiful, although he’s never spoken to her. Olivia is in love with Cesario when he is really a she. Viola is in love with Orsino when she is pretending to be a man.
There are many different types of love explored; you can see representations of bawdy love; sexual love; romantic love; family love; brotherly love and motherly and fatherly love. Out of all the different types of love explored in the play the love between Romeo and Juliet is the only true love. You can see love expressed in many different ways. Romeo has a very affectionate type love for Juliet and is not scared to show his feelings, he is very passionate. Mercutio does not take love seriously at all; he has a very jokey attitude towards love and thinks it is more about sex than feelings.
It's almost ironic how Shakespeare's play is often thought of as a story of true love, and not as a tale of two immature youth who believe they hold more than simply infatuation. Shakespeare shows that the love shared by Romeo and Juliet is nothing more than naïve attraction. For instance, (cut here?) Romeo is depressed about being “out of love” meaning the attraction he feels is not mutual, but he instantly forgets about his lovesickness, and the one he was in love with, when he locks eyes with another girl. This means that he never actually had true love to begin with as he first thought.
As a hopeless romantic, Romeo loves the idea of love, but the love he is experiencing is pain through his heart. He realizes that, “love, whose view is muffled still,/ Should without eyes see pathways to his will”(I.i.175-177). Since Romeo has only been surrounded by hate he always tries to look for love. And when he found love he never thought that it would be so painful. He mentions that love is supposed to be blind, but it can still make one do whatever it wants.
Similarly, a very egotistical love is shown through the character Duke Orsino, who insists that he cannot love any other woman than the Lady Olivia when it is obvious that he loves being in love, rather than loving Olivia. On the contrary, Viola is in the position where, unlike Duke Orsino and Lady Olivia, she cannot confess her love for the Duke although she is the only one that is truly in love. Shakespeare uses his characters as tools to explore and display the diversities of love, and proves that everyone loves in different ways. Shakespeare utilizes Lady Olivia to display desperate and emotionally attached love, as she cannot let her love, Cesario, leave her sight, nor her heart. Olivia wants to believe that she has a chance with Cesario, (a eunuch that is actually disguised) so she gives herself assurance.
They are both in a male perspective but 'Romeo and Juliet' show a mutual love, whereas in 'First Love' it is just one sided. There is a lot of love portrayed in the play; the first shown is lust. Romeo thinks he is in love with Rosaline but really it is just an infatuation. Romeo only sees Rosaline as a beautiful young girl and really only wants her for the physical side of a relationship, but he doesn't realise this. His best friend Mercutio and his cousin Benvolio know that it is not love and try and get him to find another girl that may like him back, "By giving liberty unto thine eyes; Examine other beauties."
They are being deceived by themselves and/or the others around them. There are certain instances in the play where the emotion of love is true, and the two people involved feel very strongly toward one another. Viola's love for Orsino is a great example of true love. Although she is pretending to be a man and is virtually unknown in Illyria, she hopes to win the Duke's heart. In act 1, scene 4, Viola let's out her true feelings for Cesario, "yet a barful strife!
He did not take time to know Rosaline or understand her, but thought that he truly loved her. In actual fact, he was only attracted to her because of her beauty; "The all-seeing sun/Ne'er saw her match since first the world begun." Romeo knows that Rosaline does not love him, that the relationship is not mutual. Romeo became depressed when he realised that Rosaline did not love him. He was moody and withdrawn.