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Twelfth Night: Essay response to Act IV Scene 3

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Twelfth Night: Essay response to Act IV Scene 3 Arranged marriages, common during the times of William Shakespeare, are marriages that are premeditated by people other than the bride or groom. The parents of the wedded couple usually arrange this type of marriage, but third parties may also arrange the marriages. In William Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night, A countess named Olivia marries Sebastian, a victim of a shipwreck, because of her inability to distinguish Sebastian from Cesario, Sebastian's twin sister Viola who disguised herself as man. With the aim of comparing the marriage of Olivia and Sebastian to an arranged marriage, an example of an arranged marriage will be provided, followed by analyzing the motive for an arranged marriage. During the year of 1770, an arranged marriage occurred between Marie Antoinette of the Austrian House of Habsburg and Louis XVI of France. ...read more.

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Some other motives behind arranged marriages include dowry from the bride and to maintain or improve the reputation of the family. The marriage of Olivia and Sebastian can be compared to an arranged marriage through the examination of the definition, example, and motives of an arranged marriage. When interpreting the text literally, the marriage of Olivia and Sebastian does not appear to be related to an arrange as both the bride, Olivia, and the groom, Sebastian gave their consent towards the marriage without the intervention of any outside party, but after further examination one can give the role of the outside party to the "flood of fortune" (Shakespeare 59) and Olivia's consent may not be valid because she thought that Sebastian was Cesario. ...read more.

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Yet if 'twere so, She could not sway her house, command her followers, Take and give back affairs and their dispatch With such a smooth, discreet, and stable bearing As I perceive she does. There's something in 't That is deceivable. (Shakespeare 59) In this quotation, Sebastian admits his knowledge of Olivia's power and desire to take advantage of this fortune situation. In brief, the marriage of Olivia and Sebastian can be compared to an arranged marriage by examining the definition of an arranged marriage, providing an example of an arranged marriage, and analyzing the motives behind an arranged marriage. Although the marriage of Olivia and Sebastian can be compared to a arranged marriage to a certain degree, They both differ in many aspects such as that both Olivia and Sebastian agreed to marry, and no one besides Olivia and Sebastian planned the wedding. ...read more.

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