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

How Shakespeare uses Love To Create Interest in “Twelfth Night

Extracts from this document...


Win Mar Kyi 11a/Pa How Shakespeare uses Love To Create Interest in "Twelfth Night" Twelfth Night is one of the many comedies by Shakespeare. The name is given to the feast of Epiphany, which is celebrated on the sixth of January, which is commemorative of the three kings. Shakespeare's play was thought to entertain the Queen and her court. Twelfth Night is a comedy where the humour ranges from farce to sarcasm and irony. It can allow the satisfaction of knowing that Viola's courage is rewarded by Orsino, the man she loves. There is love in the plot: a romantic love, Eros, shared between Orsino and Viola at the end of the play, there is the family bond, Storg�, shared between Sebastian and Viola. Agape, an example of self-sacrificing love is the selfless acts of Viola. She is willing to serve Orsino by sacrificing the love she has for him in order for him to be happy. For example, when she discovers Olivia's love for "Cesario" she tries to compliment Orsino to try and turn Olivia. Orsino's love for Olivia is hopeless because he knows that she will never really love him, in the way that he loves her. ...read more.


Malvolio follows Viola into act 2 scene 2, where Viola notes the irony that is effortless in her situation. It takes a while for her to realise that that Olivia is in love with Cesario, who the audience know to be Viola. This is an example of dramatic irony that will cause confusion throughout the play but viola sees how her disguise will cause problems also in her relationship with Orsino and will hold her back from expressing her true feelings for him. She notes this inconvenient contradiction, "as I am man, my state is desperate for my master's love", but, "as I am woman, what thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe?" Viola also knows that Olivia could fall in love with Cesario so easily, she compares women's hearts to wax that sets in moulds, "In women's waxen hearts to set their form!" This is an appropriate metaphor and observes how easily the "proper false" leaves an impression in women's hearts. Viola seems to be predicting a confrontation, perhaps, between Orsino and Olivia about her true identity and I feel that she seems reluctant to disappoint either of them. Viola now has the knowledge that Olivia loves her. ...read more.


Again, I find it interesting that these declarations are not treated like they are unusual or scandalous. Maybe the quick sequence of action means that the characters and the audience do not have time to dwell on the issue. Orsino's feelings are revealed when Viola's identity is revealed, he proposes. There is a great amount of dramatic irony in the scene. It is used cleverly to add tension to Olivia's bombshell about her marriage and of the reunion of the twins. The audience are aware that Olivia has married Sebastian and that both twins are alive and well though there is still some suspense as they wait for the characters to find out the truth for themselves. Shakespeare uses the dramatic irony of this scene to provide some humour while at the same time drawing deep emotions from the characters. Viola casts off Olivia, which then leads to the claim that Olivia and Viola are married. This is amusing because of the strangeness of the situation and the fact that the audience already know what has happened. Viola is confused by Olivia's persistence and by Orsino's anger. The actions are dramatic as far as the characters are concerned but funny for the audience. It is a great skill of Shakespeare's that prevents the elements of a tragedy and a comedy from clashing. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE 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 GCSE Twelfth Night essays

  1. How does Shakespeare create and use comedy in the play Twelfth Night?

    Viola quickly discovers her love for him and this love is the purest of all throughout the play. In Act 2: Scene 4 lines 112-115 Viola speaks of her love for Orsino, 'Feed on her damask cheek. She pin'd in thought; And with a green and yellow melancholy She sat like Patience on a monument, Smiling at grief.

  2. Discuss the different types of love presented in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

    You are idle, shallow thing; I am not of your element". This quote shows how full of himself Malvolio is, as he thinks that he is now above his ranks. The 'simile' used in this scene to describe Sir Andrew, as 'bloody as the hunter' show how tough sir Andrew is.

  1. What Types of love does Shakespeare explore in Twelfth Night?

    doesn't truly love Olivia, he just feels he needs to, and he feels he wants to. He likes the feeling of loving her, but if his love for Olivia were genuine he would woo her himself, not send his kinsmen to attempt to do it for him.

  2. Explore how Shakespeare uses Dramatic Irony to Create a Humorous Situation in "Twelfth Night"

    Though when Sebastian meets Olivia, the theme, Mistaken - Identity, comes into the play permitting more dramatic irony to form, this new use of dramatic irony makes the play more humorous. Another use of dramatic irony that creates humour in the play is when Olivia is supposedly so madly in

  1. Realtionship between Viola and Olivia

    Even so quickly may one catch the plague?'. She is eager to find a reason for him to come back and see her again: 'You come to me again To tell me how he takes it'. She even sends Malvolio after him, pretending that he has left his ring behind so that he may come back : '

  2. Examine the ways in which Shakespeare creates comedy for the audience in Act 3 ...

    Night, and contributes to the main trick played on Malvolio that culminates in Act 3 Scene 4, depicts him as a different sort of fool- similar in many ways to Feste. One example of such a prank, similar to that in which Malvolio was branded as possessed in the first

  1. how Shakespeare uses disguise to suit his comic purpose

    Even though duelling was illegal it was still done because if people did not get on they would have to settle it somehow and the only way they could think of was duelling. So duelling is important to the play because of its cultural importance in the time of the play.

  2. An exploration of the contribution of disguise and deceit to the humour of 'Twelfth ...

    His self-deceit seems to be allowed in Olivia's household- an Elizabethan audience may view Sir Toby as having the same characteristics as a 'Lord of Misrule': someone who behaves inappropriately at a time of festivity. They would recognise, therefore, that his behaviour is supposed to be enjoyed and contribute to

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