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In “Twelfth Night”, Shakespeare explores several different kinds of love. Discuss the various types of love portrayed in the play.

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SHAKESPEARE COURSEWORK July 2001 1. In "Twelfth Night", Shakespeare explores several different kinds of love. Discuss the various types of love portrayed in the play. "If music be the food of love, play on"- Duke Orsino. Here, Orsino expresses his love. This quote is saying that you cant live without food, and to live without love is the same as living without food- you can't. This shows how much love means to Orsino, and how strong it is. It is the opening sentence to Twelfth Night. He is in love with Olivia. This is the first type of love we are introduced to, of the many loves of this book. It is unrequited love. Unrequited love in this book is spoken of with great detail and passion from the users behind them. It is spoken beautifully and about beautiful things, with a great sense of happiness while thinking of the person they are in love with. The speaker may show their sensitive, emotional side. Orsino does this as he says: "...like the sweet sound, that breathes upon a bank of violets- stealing and giving odour..." This quote shows that Orsino is in really deep thought, and anything beautiful which comes to mind, he compares it to that of Olivia. This shows that he thinks Olivia is beautiful to compare her to things like this. Orsino would have been a very popular character as he is a loving and imaginative with words. ...read more.


Olivia thinks that Cesario is a young boy who speaks very well and she thinks he is a sensitive character. Cesario was used by Orsino to pass messages on and to find out information about Olivia. This is how Olivia came to meet Cesario. Cesario starts to talk to Olivia, which was pleasing and good for her to hear. "Most radiant, exquisite, and unmatchable beauty...I pray you tell me if this be the lady of the house, for I never saw her. I would loath to cast away my speech- for besides that it is excellently well penned, I have taken great pains to con it. Good beauties, let me sustain no scorn; I am very compatible, even to the least sinister usage." Dramatic Irony is then used again, as we very well know that Viola does know that Olivia is the lady of the house. As Viola says here, she complements Olivia, making her take notice to Cesario. Olivia would be pleased by what she just heard, as Viola knows that if she was told this, then she too would be complemented, and so says it to grab Olivia's attention. Olivia thinks that Cesario has a lot of wisdom for his age and that he understands women, whereas Cesario is really a women- Viola, and is speaking from the heart- she understands women, obviously because she is one herself, so she knows what they like to hear, and how a women's mind works. ...read more.


This caused madness as not only did Maria and Sir Toby think this was hilarious that Malvolio had fell for their joke, but caused Malvolio to do stupid things, which caused great laughter throughout the book. Elizabethan audience would have found this very amusing as to see Malvolio in a pair of yellow stockings on stage would have been rather funny! Sir Toby continues the fooling around with Sir Andrew Aguecheek as the love connection here is between Sir Toby and Sir Andrew Aguecheeks money. Sir Toby doe not like Sir Andrew Aguecheek, but uses him for his money, and in the process, decides to fool around. Sir Toby says that Sir Andrew is very good in his skill of languages. Sir Toby then tests Sir Andrew by saying "Pourquoi, my dear knight?" Using a French word, Sir Toby knows very well that Sir Andrew will not understand. Sir Andrew then feels like a fool as he doesn't understand, and realising Sir Andrew has become offended by this, Sir Toby quickly makes up by saying "Then hadst thou had an excellent head of hair" This suggests that Sir Toby knows that Sir Andrew is not that greater looking, and decides to pick up on it, and amusing himself at the same time. He is saying that maybe the only decent thing about Sir Andrew is his hair and that it is straight! There is madness as Sir Toby and Sir Andrew are always dancing around and singing, which would have surely been funny on stage, amusing the Elizabethan audience. Michelle Chan 10Y ...read more.

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