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Shakespeare's View On Love

Shakespeare’s View on Love

Shakespeare’s plays are very drastic with how he ties love into them. Shakespeare always adds comedy or tragedy to any romance that might be taking place. For example in Twelfth Night, As You like It and Romeo and Juliet there is romance but he also puts comedy in there so love is not that easy. In the play Othello he makes it into a tragedy which makes the love even harder to take place. Shakespeare has always found a way to make love as complicated as he can which leads me to believe that he feels that you must work for love and it should not be handed to you. Love is already complicated, but when Shakespeare is involved he makes sure at least two things come around that can make it harder for those who are in love to actually stay in love.

Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy which leads to romantic love being the main focus of the play. In this play, Shakespeare shows that love can cause pain. He does this by causing a love triangle which includes;

• Viola likes Duke but

• Duke likes Olivia and

• Olivia like Cesario who is actually Viola disguised as her twin brother.

Because of this confusing love triangle, some of the characters seem to view love as a curse. They also claim to suffer painfully from being in love or from the “pangs” of unrequited love. In Act 1 scene 5, Olivia describes love as a “plague” from which she suffers terribly. In Act 1 scene 1, Orsino depicts love dolefully as an “appetite” that he wants to satisfy and cannot. Another example of the characters not “liking” love is in Act 2 scene 2 when Viola says “My state is desperate for my master’s love.” This quote relates to the violence in Act 5 scene 1 when Orsino threatens to kill Cesario because he thin...

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...and they will go together. Clubs cannot part them.” Act 5 scene 2

• “This bud of love by summer’s ripening breath may prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.” Romeo and Juliet Act 2 scene 1

• “She loved me for the dangers I had passed, and I loved her that she did pity them.” Othello Act 1 scene 3

• Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun. ~Romeo and Juliet

• What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other word would smell as sweet. ~Romeo and Juliet

• But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? it is the east, and Juliet is the sun. ~Romeo and Juliet

• Good night, good night, parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. ~Romeo and Juliet
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