True Colors

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Love and psychology go together like peanut butter and jelly, It’s Identifying a person’s unique characteristic that can be a difficult endeavor; however, through psychology it can make sense of what otherwise might be a daunting task. There are two women with similar pasts, and their story leads us into a splendid comedy driven romance. Olivia has a vow to forget about men. Viola is in love with the man who loves Olivia. It sounds like the perfect recipe for a controversial talk show, but it is not. This is a play by William Shakespeare entitled Twelfth Night. Olivia and Viola will be our subjects of focus. These two women raise questions about their psyche, and I intend to investigate. Viola is subtle, collective, and sincere, whereas Olivia is blatant, persistent, and shrewd. I will begin to look at the two people from a psychological perspective and paint a color portrait of each woman’s profile.

Olivia was as the captain described “A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count that died some twelvemonth since; then leaving her in the protection of his son, her brother, who shortly also died: for whose dear love, they say, she hath abjured the company and sight of men (Shakespeare 3). Right from the start Olivia was indifferent to men, however, as time progresses we will see a change of heart. Orsino’s love crazed behavior continues, and Olivia is pushed away even further. The other patient is Viola, disguised as Cesario. Her information will establish plot development. The duke decides to send Cesario as his personal correspondence to Lady Olivia. It so happens that very quickly Olivia falls head over heels for Viola’s character. This brings me to a profiling of her character. Dr. Taylor Hartman’s People Code is what I will use f...

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...nd, their paths and destinies were dramatically different because of their basic fundamental motivations and personalities in their lives. Observers may look at Viola and Olivia and make uninformed assumptions based on their decisions, however if you seek the reasoning, and recognize the examples behind their acts, it provides an explanation based on their unique color traits.

Works Cited

Hartman, Taylor. The People code. New York: Scribner, 2007.

Jenkins, Harold. Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Rice Institute Pamphlet XLV. Houston. 1959.

Lakhani, Dave. Persuasion: The art of getting what you want. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc, 2005

Moglen, Helene. Disguise and Development: The Self and Society in Twelfth Night. Literature and Psychology 23.1 (1973): p13-20.

Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night or, What You Will. New York: Dover, 1996
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