• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Twelfth Night or What You Will

Extracts from this document...

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; ...read more.

Middle

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 ...read more.

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. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Twelfth Night section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Twelfth Night essays

  1. Cruelty in "Twelfth Night"

    him and breaks her seven-year mourning phase and gets married to him (she thinks) as obviously she gets married to Sebastian. In the first scene where Viola meets Cesario, Cesario almost has a premonition of what is coming as not realising what he is saying, he says, "Farewell, fair cruelty."

  2. How does Shakespeare explore the theme of deception and self-deception in Twelfth Night?

    We can see that Olivia fell in love with 'Caesario' impulsively and recklessly from the quote, "Not too fast! soft, soft". From this quote, we can see that she fears that she's falling in love too fast and gets carried away by her love for 'Caesario' which shows how fast she actually has fallen in love with 'Caesario'.

  1. Twelfth Night is a feminist play. Discuss.

    His name, Sir Toby Belch, also suggests that he is bad mannered and drinks too much for his own good. Also, he does not drink that drinking is bad, but in fact, finds excuses for his bad drinking habit, by pushing the blame to Olivia, with, "With drinking healths to my niece!"

  2. Describe the different forms of disguise and deception that feature in the Twelfth Night

    to bring the romance aspect to the play, "Whoo'er I woo, myself would be his wife" (A1 S5 L42). This deceit also intertwines humor and romance, with Olivia falling in love with Cesario causing the humor, and the unspoken love from Viola to Orsino bringing out the romance.

  1. Consider Shakespeare's presentation of Orsino and Olivia in Twelfth Night and consider how they ...

    Through the middle of the play there is no plot development with Olivia and Orsino - Olivia tries to make Viola love her, and Orsino tries to make Olivia love him, but neither of their attempts are successful. However, Olivia has an effect upon Malvolio in Act III, Scene IV when he wears yellow stockings and cross-gartered.

  2. Cruelty in "Twelfth Night" - an examination of Shakespeare's comedy's darker side.

    his speech he is more preoccupied with the idea of love itself. He feeds these emotions with music and "elaborate poetic imagery" (from the York notes). He has probably only seen Olivia once and her image of beauty and perfection has inspired this romantic indulgence, this indulgence leads him to

  1. Shakespeare uses this theme of different kinds of love to show the many different ...

    He advises Viola not to love a woman who is "Too old" and philosophies on how "Let still the woman take/An elder than herself/so wears she to him". Orsino's idea of love is rather stereotypical, and from, "So sways she level in her husband's heart" implies that his kind of

  2. The Dramatic Importance of Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2 referring to other parts ...

    Instead, the focus seems to be on Orsino and his overwhelming passion for his ladylove. This contrast creates intrigue in the audience's minds and thereby adds to the dramatic effect of the scene. As the scene progresses, the audience learns that Orsino has been sending servants to Olivia, his ladylove, with a view towards trying to woo her.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work