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Twelfth Night or What You Will

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Introduction

Twelfth Night or What You Will With close reference to the text, explain and discuss the tripartite relationship between Orsino, Olivia and Viola The main theme in "Twelfth Night" is love, the most apparent and complex form of love is between Orsino, Olivia and Viola. Orsino is in love with Olivia, "O, when mine eyes did see Olivia first, methought she purged the air of pestilence" Viola falls in love with Orsino, Viola says in a soliloquy "Yet, a barful strife! Whoe've I woo, myself would be his wife". Olivia falls in love with Viola disguised as Cesario, "Even so quickly may one catch the plague? Methinks I feel this youth's perfections. Thus, creating the love triangle between Orsino, Olivia and Viola. There are many different forms of love in "Twelfth Night": Perceived love, real love, self love, friendship and family love. This love triangle is the most complicated love in Twelfth Night, Viola says in act 2, scene 2 "O time, thou must untangle this, not I;

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Love is made more complicated when Orsino sends Cesario to Olivia to proclaim his love to herm because Viola is passionate with love and her words and because Viola knows what woman want, Viola manages to woo over Olivia, however Olivia was wooed by Viola's words, not Orsino's words. Thus putting Viola in a vast predicament, Viola loves Orsino, however Orsino loves Olivia, whom loves Viola, if Viola was to reveal her true identity she may lose her head by Orsino for her deception or lose the chance of ever proclaiming her passionate love towards Orsino. Viola does proclaim her love for Orsino to the audience several times thought witty language and soliloquies, "Yet, a barful stife! Whoe've I woo, myself would be his wife", "My father had a daughter loved a man, as it might be, perhaps, were I a woman, I should love your lordship" The audience gets confirmation about Orsino being in love with love, rather than Olivia because when Viola reveals her identity Orsino falls

Conclusion

Viola tells Olivia that she could never love her or any other woman because she only has one love, Orsino. "Twelfth Night" consists of many love triangles, however many of the characters who are tangled up in the web of love are blind to see that their emotions and feelings toward each other characters are false. Shakespeare uses Orsino, Olivia and Viola to evoke to the audience that love is complex and love makes even the noblest of people do foolish things. At the end of the play only one person leaves with a grudge and negative attitude, Malvolio, in act 5, scene 1 Malvolio says "I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you". Sebastian married Olivia and Orsino marries Viola. The protagonist in "Twelfth Night" is the only character to evoke true, passionate love. William Shakespeare's overall message is love makes people behave and act foolishly and there are many different types of love but love ultimately triumphs, despite all obstacles Orsino, Olivia and Viola face, people in love eventually unite through persistence. Thus, "Twelfth Night" is the true definition of love.

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