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Is Orsino the best model of a true lover and which other types of love are represented in "Twelfth Night"?

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"For such as I am all true lovers are" Is Orsino the best model of a true lover and which other types of love are represented in "Twelfth Night"? In the play "Twelfth Night", Shakespeare explores and illustrates the emotion of love with precise detail. According to "Webster's New World Dictionary", love is defined as "a strong affection or liking for someone". Throughout the play Shakespeare examines three main types of love: true love, self-love and friendship. Within this essay, I will look at the love used throughout the play, especially the love between Duke Orsino and other characters. "Twelfth Night" consists of many love triangles, however many of the characters that are tangled up in the web of love are blind to see that their emotions and feelings toward other characters are untrue. Themselves and the others around them are deceiving them. There are certain examples in the play where the emotion of love is true, and the two people involved, feel very strongly towards one another. ...read more.


They believed deep down that maybe someway or by some miracle that each of them was still alive and well. "Twelfth Night" also addresses the issue of self-love. Malvolio is the obvious character within this play, with the problem of self-love. He sees himself as a handsome and a noble man. Malvolio believes many women would love to be with him. He likes to see things one way only, and he deceives himself just to suit his outlook on the situation. For example, in the play he twists Olivia's words around to make it sound like she admires his yellow cross-gartered stockings, when she really despises them. Sir Toby Belch and Olivia also show signs of self-love, but this is not as big an issue. Sir Toby only cares about himself and no one else, not even his friends. He totally ignores Maria's warnings about drinking into the early hours of the morning each night, and he continues to push Sir Andrew Auguecheek to court Olivia. ...read more.


If it weren't for the Sea captain, the disguise of Cesario would have hopelessly failed, and if he had opened his mouth and told a single sole, the entire play would have changed. There's no doubt about it. Love does clearly play a major role in this play: "Twelfth Night", and Shakespeare addresses true love, self-love and friendship in a very compelling and interesting way. He uses various ways in which getting the idea of love across. For example in the main plot he uses a poetic form or verse and in the sub plot, prose or every-day speech is used. Also, he uses rhyming couplets and "iambic pentameter". This means each line contains ten syllables. It is poetry where the stress lies upon the second syllable and each line is made up of five feet. This all helps to ensure the play is good to read and watch. Finally, "Twelfth Night" is the true definition of love, and Shakespeare does a great job of explaining a somewhat difficult and affectionate subject. Liam Illsley 10.7 ...read more.

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