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The play Twelfth Night portrays a very good example of loyalty and sacrifice.

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A common theme in many of Shakespeare's plays is the idea of loyalty. Good or evil, right or wrong, the central character in the play always has at least one person whom no matter what the circumstances never leaves their side or never denies the person what they want even if it is different than what they want or believe. The play Twelfth Night portrays a very good example of loyalty and sacrifice. Viola, or Cesario as she is known through most of the play, has found herself in an interesting predicament. A rather interesting 'love triangle' is created in the play and she finds herself in the middle of it as both a man and a woman. ...read more.

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She never considers not carrying out her duties to further her gain. Her loyalty lies in two different aspects, to her Lord and to her Love. Viola's character is so unique because through her disguise she becomes the love interest of the very woman that she is pursing for the Duke. Obviously her interests would lie far from getting involved with Olivia but we can still observe her persistency in her loyalty to the Duke. It is at the times when Olivia is persistent in her love for Cesario that I think Viola's loyalty shines through the most. Going against her own feelings she always has the Duke's interests at heart. Viola, in my opinion, truly represents loyalty Her intelligence and wit are also shown when she has an exchange with Feste, the fool, and shows that she is capable of word-play on as high a level as he is. ...read more.

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Hold, there's expenses for thee." (extracts from Act III sc.i) Feste has met his match, for Viola will not take his criticisms of her meekly. At the same time. she expresses a healthy respect for his talent in sorting out the truth and his courage to speak it out.She says of him: "This fellow is wise enough to play the fool; And to do that well craves a kind of wit; He must observe their mood on whom he jests, The quality of persons, and the time, And, like the haggard, check at every feather That comes before his eye. This is a practice As full of labor as a wise man's art: For folly that he wisely shows is fit; But wise men, folly-fall'n, quite taint their wit." (Act III sc.i) She is one of the most admired of Shakespeare's heroines for her strength and sincerity at all times. ...read more.

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