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Love in 'Twelfth Night'.

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Shakespeare has presented love in Twelfth Nigh along with his other plays. Love is a major theme in the play, and the plot is based on love. Throughout the course of the novel Shakespeare explores the different types of love. Sure, there is self-love, true love, fake love, unrequited love and many more. There are many love triangles in the play. The main triangle being between Orsino, Olivia and Viola. It goes as such: Orsino loves Olivia, Olivia loves Viola and Viola loves Orsino. SO it goes in a circle with one loving another. However can the love between Orsino and Olivia be true love? Does Orsino really love Olivia for who she is? Many of the characters become involved with love for all the wrong reasons. In the beginning of the play we see Orsino and his desire for love and Olivia. "If music be the food of love, play on; give me excess of it, that suffeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die. ...read more.


However Viola is disguised as a man and so she cannot show her love for Orsino just yet. She must wait for truth and order to arrive. Which ends up being her twin brother, Sebastian. This leads to the other instance of true love. The family love between Viola and her brother Sebastian. Through tough times of mourning they still love and care about each other. The other type of love is self-love. When by definition, the degree to how much you love yourself. It is a rather selfish and cocky quality. And Malvolio is the easiest to associate with self love. He sees himself as a handsome and noble man. He believes many women would love to be with him. After he receives the false letter from Olivia he becomes a different man. He is not scared of opening up to his feelings, while everyone thinks he has gone mad. ...read more.


If he had opened his mouth the entire play would have changed. The third friendship, and definitely the strangest, is between Sir Toby and Sir Andrew Aguecheek. They are close friends but sometimes Sir Toby doesn't show it. He sets Sir Andrew up, and likes to get him into trouble. An example is persuading Sir Andrew to challenge Cesario to a dual, even though he is not a great swordsman and is unaware of Cesario's ability. On the other hand, Sir Andrew appreciates Sir Toby's company because he always lifts his spirits and makes him feel like a true knight. By the end of the play, love is given. Except for the odd few, who love someone that doesn't love them back. This being Malvolio and Antonio. Love plays a major role in "Twelfth Night," and Shakespeare addresses true love, self love and friendship in a very compelling and interesting way. Love is great to read about because everyone deserves a little love. "Twelfth Night" is the true definition of love, and Shakespeare does a great job of explaining a somewhat difficult topic. ...read more.

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