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The aspects of love in Twelfth night

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The aspects of love in Twelfth night The main theme in Twelfth Night is love. It is announced at the beginning of the play 'If music be the food of love play on' and from this you know that love will be a main aspect in Twelfth Night. In Elizabethan time 'love' as we know it today was very different. You could not love anyone outside of your social status, marriages were almost always arranged on how the social status could improve the current standing of one partner i.e. one partner had lots of money, land or influence. In Twelfth Night there are many different kinds of love to list a few, filial love, unrequited love, Lust, Courtly Love, True Love, Ambitious/Selfish love. There are many good examples of all these types of love throughout the play. There are seven different characters that share a filial bond of love. Sebastian and Viola they are twin brother and sister and have never really been apart. ...read more.

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Cesario 'even so quickly may one catch the plague' this is an example of unrequited love, or the 'melancholy lover' a melancholy lover is a lover which suffers from his/her love. The other example of unrequited love is again because of mixed Identities, Viola the other 'melancholy lover' in the play, loves Orsino but Orsino cannot return that love because he thinks she is a man so never would think that she loves him, but she also cannot reveal her love to him because she would then have to reveal her true identity, which cannot be revealed until the right time. Cesario/Viola talks about how she knows how Orsino feels because "My father had a daughter loved a man," Viola talks to Orisno about how her 'sister' loved a man that The very formal love is shown in the way that Orsino attempt to woo Olivia with the suitors sent from him with messages which says how perfect she is and how his love is in a very flowery way, "my love, more noble than the world" but ...read more.

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He also wishes to give Sir Toby an ultimatum, in which he is either to give up drinking or to leave the house "I will wash off gross acquaintance." This is a display of Malvolio's Puritanism where he thinks he is better and purer than everyone else. Sir Toby cannot disobey as Malvolio will own the land, money and her house as in Elizabethan times the man owned everything the woman previously owned. Another similarity to Much Ado about nothing is that Malvolio is tricked in a similar way to how Benedict and Beatrice are tricked except the outcomes are very different the one is a happy ending for the couple where as Malvolio is thought to be mad and locked up. Traditionally in a Shakespearian comedy all the "loose ends" are all tied up at the end and this is where the last type of love to be displayed in the book true love. All the characters that are meant to end up together do Olivia with Sebastian, Orsino with Viola and Sir Toby with Maria. ...read more.

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