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Twelfth night - Analyse the different types of love introduced by Shakespeare in act one.

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'Analyse the different types of love introduced by Shakespeare in act one' In the play 'Twelfth Night,' Shakespeare discovers and exemplifies the sentiment of love with precise detail. Throughout act 1, Shakespeare examines two different types of love: Self-love and selfish love. 'Twelfth Night' so far consists of various love triangles, though many of the characters that are tangled up in the web of love are sightless to see that their emotions and feelings toward other characters are untrue. Firstly, we can see that Orsino is in love with Olivia deeply as he pesters her and she recognizes that she wants nothing to do with him, but we see that Orsino cannot handle rejection as he continues on talking of the 'sweet sound' and the charming 'odour' he senses. We can identify the hyperbole used of his language showing that he is in love with the sensation of the theme of love, rather than with the particular woman. This suggestion is reinforced by the fact that he does not mention Olivia by name until line twenty. Orsino's first scene is significant in establishing his love for Olivia, and it appears as if it is a rather self indulgent emotion which has little to do with her as and individual and instead shows an image of her 'purging the air of pestilence.' ...read more.


Conversely, we see that Olivia is shaken out of her self-love when she falls in love with Viola/Cesario and becomes engrossed in Cesario, 'What is you parentage'. Olivia shows that she is showing a different side of her personality where she lowers herself where she lies and gives Malvolio a ring to give to Cesario, but this is a lie. We find out as she only does this so that she can see him. Furthermore, this proves that Olivia is prepared to humiliate herself for him, 'He left this ring behind him'. She falls in love with Cesario almost instantaneously; we can see that Olivia falls in love with his appearance more then anything, as she does not know truly, what is behind this all, 'Allowed you approach rather to wonder at you than hear you'. This confirms that Olivia is very keen on seeing Cesario's face and this progresses onto Olivia who gives up mourning of her brother all due to her new love Cesario, 'Look you, sir, such a one I was present. Is't not well done?' We can see the stage direction on the 'Unveil', which suggests that Olivia has overcome her mourning. Concluding this we can see that Olivia's love for Cesario seems to be superficial, as she loves his appearance as Cesario is in his 'youth'. ...read more.


It appears that he is distantly in love as when he realises she is mourning he cannot go to her directly as he gets his messenger to, this shows how self centred he appears to be and the true qualities he has as he cannot handle rejection. Characters like Malvolio shows selfish love in this play as everyone would think highly of himself as in the play Malvolio believes that woman like him. Olivia however shows selfish love and selfless as once she falls out of her mourning and falls in love with Cesario we can see that she shows selfless love. Viola also shows selfless love, but we see that Shakespeare tries to explore and illustrate these types of love, as this is what gives the characters their true personalities and forms the play on this basis. 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 in act 1 and I believe so far of explaining a somewhat a difficult topic. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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