Orsino is the romantic leading man in Twelfth Night, who is passionately sentimental suitor of his neighbour, Countess Olivia, however she does not return his love.
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Orsino!!! Orsino is the romantic leading man in Twelfth Night, who is passionately sentimental suitor of his neighbour, Countess Olivia, however she does not return his love. Orsino is moody and self obsessed; the famous speech with which he opens the play makes it clear that he is in love with love: 'If music be the food of love, play on, Give me excess of it that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die. That strain again, it had a dying fall. O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odour. Enough, no more, 'tis not so sweet now as it was before. O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou That, notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, naught enters there, Of what validity and pitch so e'er, But falls into abatement and low price Even in a minute!
This attitude presented by Orsino is very stuck up and arrogant as it shows lack of sensitivity, commitment and respect for self and Olivia's feelings. Orsino seemingly commiserates himself as he sees himself as a true melancholic lover, but however the audience can see he enjoys being a victim of love. Orsino uses excessive images this is done by using similes and metaphors (hyperbole) images of conventional, romantic love. Orsino loves from a distance and doesn't woo Olivia himself, which may also suggest that he is only in love with the Idea of being in love. One thing however that is clear to the audience is that Orsino's love is unrequited. The audience are left to question as to who Orsino is truly in love with - Himself? Olivia? Or maybe just the idea of being in love? Orsino is not involved in the constant flow of the play unlike many of the other characters that appear in the plot more frequently.
true love --> love for Viola expressed at the end of the play. Quotes! Act 1 Scene 1: 'If music be the food of love play on,' Shows he is in love and wants his love to be fed so it grow 'The appetite may sicken and so die...strain again...a dying fall;' Shows of how he needs something (love) and that he feel as if he is suffering. 'Enough; no more.' Stops the music, symbolic, shows that he cannot take his feelings any longer. 'O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou,' Sentimental mood, shows that the nature of love is fickle (changes quick) melancholy mood, maybe he just likes the idea of love? 'Receiveth as the sea.' Love is overwhelming, image like the sea- ever changing (calm/ stormy etc...) Orsino pursues his own desires making him sound like a victim, shows weakness. 'Cloistress...veiléd walk...sad remembrance...how will she Love, when rich gold shaft...her sweet perfections.' Orsino is impressed by her honour for her dead brother. Encouraged further by this, self-absorbed, just talks about himself, no regard for her situation.
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