Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Nights as a comedic play on how the theme of love takes an overwhelming influence over characters actions. The play’s treatment of love began with a Duke named Orsino who is madly in love with a character named Olivia but Orsino love is cannot be reciprocated because all her love remains with her dead brother. Later in the play Shakespeare treats love as something that can be a joyful delight regardless of the reality. Olivia’s handmaiden, Maria, plays a prank on Malvolio by forging Olivia’s hand writing to write Malvolio a love letter. After Malvolio reads the letter he begins to show how Malvolio is desperately in love with Olivia by following the letters ridiculous commands with delight. Then towards the end there is an encounter with Viola, Sebastian, Orsino, Olivia and Malvolio. At this point Shakespeare displays love as a joyful
Love is a mysterious ordeal and people use many different ways to express it. In twelfth night characters imply their love through outrageous get ups, cowardly bravery, and disguise. Love can be expressed openly or in secret, although one should portray their love mainly by just expressing it boldly and sincerely.
What is love? In William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night love is nothing more than another disguise. It is an illusion that fools everyone. Orsino, Olivia, Sebastian, and Viola do any of them find love in the end? No, they find nothing more than a disguise, an illusion of love. By analyzing each of these characters, their thoughts and feelings of, and their experiences with love throughout this play, we can determine that in the end, none of them have found true, genuine love.
Love however, is the source of much confusion and complication in another of Shakespeare’s comedies, Twelfth Night. Men and women were seen as very different from each other at the time the play was written, they were therefore also treated in very different ways. Because of this Viola conceals her identity and adopts the role of a man, in order to better her safety whilst being alone on the island, and to get a job at Count Orsino’s court. In the play Shakespeare uses the gender confusion he has created from obscuring characters identities to explore the limits of female power and control within courtship, and their dominance within society. Violas frustration surrounding her inability to express her feelings to the Count because she is a woman is an example of the limiting rules of courtship which were upheld at the time. (Aside) ‘yet, a barful strife! Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife.’ Here she is already expressing her anxiety and emotion at being a woman, and having to keep her emotions hidden from those around her. She longs to be able to express her love as a man could, and in her disguise as Cesario she finds an opportunity to vent her feelings for the Count, but concealed as his words and towards Olivia. Viola is unaware of how her words may sound to Olivia because she is aware of their gender boundaries however Olivia isn’t and soon falls for Cesario. Because Olivia is a Lady and head of the household, and especially how she lacks a father figure, she has a lot more freedom in courtship. Duisinberre comments on this saying, ‘...Viola and Beatrice are women set free from their fathers, and their voice is that of the adult world.’ This is seen when Olivia immediately takes the dominant role in her and Cesarios relat...
In Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, it is clearly evident that the fluctuation in attitude in the dual role, situation and tribulations imposed upon the character of Viola/Cesario gives rise to a better understanding of both sexes, and thus, allows Viola to have a better understanding for Orsino. Through the love of Orsino and Olivia, Viola learns the difficulties of love from both standpoints, man and woman's.
Have you ever loved someone like they were your best friend or your pet dog? In the poem Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare there is a lot of love being passed around whether it be courtly love or just plain love. Courtly love is different from other types of love because one must devote themselves to the woman, whereas in regular love you don’t have to devote yourself to one another. Falling in love is an emotional thrill ride because there are many happy and unhappy moments in love, for example, getting rejected or breaking up with your girl/boy friend. In this poem, there are many men wooing for Lady Olivia, some of these men are Viola (a.k.a. Cesario), Orsino, and Malvolio. I think that Cesario wins for many reasons, a few of which being, he successfully woos Olivia to loving him, another reason is that he is very persuasive in his wooing. Although there are many reasons that he won, they are over ruled by one mishap being that he was wooing for Orsino and failed to make Olivia love Orsino, instead, Olivia falls in love with Viola (a.k.a. Cesario), who is in disguised as a boy....
Scene 1 Quote Analysis VIOLA I’ll do my best To woo your lady—(aside) Yet, a barful strife— Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife. (1.4.40-42) After Duke Orsino asks Cesario (disguised Viola) to make Olivia love him, although she had stated that she would not marry for seven years due to her sadness from her brother’s death, Cesario tells him “I’ll do my best to woo your lady.” Then Viola tells the audience “(Aside) yet, a barful strife—Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife,” meaning that she has to convince another woman to love the man she loves.
The Theme of True Love in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare The overriding theme of the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by William Shakespeare deals with the nature of love. Though true love seems to be held up as an ideal, false love is mostly what we are shown. Underneath his frantic comedy, Shakespeare seems to be asking the questions all lovers ask in the midst of their confusion: How do we know when love is real? How can we trust ourselves that love is real when we are so easily swayed by passion and romantic conventions? Some readers may sense bitterness behind the comedy, but will probably also recognize the truth behind Shakespeare's satire.
In the comedy Twelfth Night written by William Shakespeare many of the characters experience emotional pain. The pain that a character name Olivia experiences is the death of her brother, causing her to mourn. Malvolio who is Olivia's steward is involved with emotional pain caused by humiliation, which occurs more than once in this play. Lastly, a great deal of characters battle with the feeling of unrequited love. Even though Shakespeare wrote this as a comedy, there was still a mass amount of emotional pain throughout.
Has love ever made you go back on your word? Throughout Twelfth Night by Shakespeare, the effect of unrequited love transforms many characters, including Olivia. Out of mourning for her brother’s death, Olivia swears off love and men forever, but her ideas about love change when she meets “Cesario”. But Cesario doesn’t love her because he is actually the character Viola in disguise, and she is in love with Orsino. Throughout Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Olivia’s dialogue shows her transformation from someone avoiding love, to being head over heels in it. Through this dialogue, a bittersweet tone towards love is created, and shows that love can cause one’s character to change