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In the first two scenes, we meet the three main characters, Viola, Orsino, and Olivia. Describe the situations all three are in, and how they face the problems to do with time and love

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In the first two scenes, we meet the three main characters, Viola, Orsino, and Olivia. Describe the situations all three are in, and how they face the problems to do with time and love Viola, Orsino and Olivia are involved in a love triangle by the end of scene 5, as a result of the themes of love and time. Orsino is an apparently impatient man over the prospect of love; when Valentine returns from Olivia's house, he questions him about the meeting, "How now? What news from her?", are the first words he says to him, asking for information about the situation with Olivia. His pursuit of Olivia, which he turns around and claims that he is the "hart, / And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, / E'er since pursue me", where he compares himself to the hunter Achaean who was turned into a stag by Diana, and set upon by his own hounds when he looked at her, which is against the world picture. ...read more.

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Olivia also goes against the Elizabethan World Picture. She is going against time by prolonging her grief for "a brother's dead love". She also commits herself to "seven years' heat" without seeing men, yet falls in love with Viola / Cesario, going against her own choice, perhaps the world picture reasserting itself. Her "cloistress" life style shows the devotion and love she had towards her brother, which makes Orsino comment "To pay this debt of love but to a brother, / How will she love ..." me; if she does that for her brothers love, what will she do for him. Orsino becomes inconsistent in his actions, "If music be the food of love, play on...Enough, no more", as do the other characters, pledging by the foundations of time, it ends up becoming distorted, fluidic, to fit in with their own purposes. Olivia, even though she has "abjur'd the company / And sight of men" for "seven years' heat", falls in love with Viola / Cesario, and ends up marrying Sebastian; and Orsino, who "loves" Olivia, ends up falling for Viola. ...read more.

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Olivia is going against time in this instance, rather than moving on, which Viola has over the grief of Sebastian, she is prolonging her grief. "season" is also a term for a part of the year, perhaps referring to her discontinuing her grief when the time is right. All three are acting roles; Orsino talks of his love for Olivia, although somewhat acting a part, for he is more in love with the idea of love; Olivia plays a role in her grief for her dead brother, her tears aren't heartfelt, but are instead acted out; whilst Viola plays a more physical role, for she acts as Cesario for survival and to take employment under Orsino, where she then falls in love with him, and has to act as if she feels nothing. The themes of love and time interlink throughout these scenes, and are in part explained by the use of the sea, and salt water, to show certain aspects of love, while time is used in conjunction with the Elizabethan World Picture to show how its in a constant change, and how they conflict between the differing characters. ...read more.

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