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Coursework English Literature, Shakespeare, Twelfth Night English Literature, Shakespeare, Twelfth Night At the start of the play, Orsino, the Duke of Illyria is shown as a noble man. Shakespeare's audience knew this or has noticed this by the way Orsino speaks. Orsino speaks in an elaborate and very sophisticated way. He does this by comparing music with food and love with appetite when he says, "If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it". Also, Orsino uses sibilance, which is a repeated's' that creates a soft dramatic and gentle mood and he also speaks in verses (iambic pentameter, and with rhythm). However, Orsino is in love with the idea of being in love because he only thinks about love but not the love to Olivia, a Countess whose father and brother have died. Olivia's name is not mentioned until Act 1, Scene 1, line 18. Orsino also uses a paradox "Stealing and giving" which he says that the pleasant odor has left and compares love with the sea, as it can be very strong and devastating and if something falls inside it, it will lower its value. This, however, is not the only thing we know about Orsino. He uses a pun, when his servant Curio asks him if he wants to hunt the "Hart" which was a sort of deer, and Orsino makes it sound as if he wants to go and hunt Olivia's heart, which shows us his way of avoiding Curio's attempt to change the subject. ...read more.


She is very passionate and she knows the meaning of true love and says that her love is "Love indeed" in Act 2, Scene 4, line 16. She also says that real love is not about showing off, but it is about feelings, and that someone really in love, should be patient, unlike Orsino, who only thinks about love and pain. Also, Act 2, Scene 4, is full of dramatic irony, because Viola is speaking about herself, not her so called "Sister". Viola can also match Orsino's type of language, as she uses powerful similes to show the pain of love. She is also a character who knows that time can fix problems, because when she left Olivia's palace, knowing that the Countess had fallen in love with her, she said "O time, thou must untangle this not I!", which, in other words mean, she cannot deal with her problems alone in a short period of time. Another interesting character in play, who some how plays the role of a fool is Sir. Toby Belch, Olivia's uncle. Olivia lets her uncle live in her palace, but she doesn't admire his rude behavior, heavy drinking and staying up all night. The reason why he is interesting is because he is very unromantic, his view of love is earthy and earthy and not emotional. To prove this, he makes fun Taurus, calling it "Legs and thighs". He also uses sexual innuendos to mock Sir. Andrew such as, "Thou might'st never draw sword again", meaning that he wont be able to have sexual intercourse with a woman and not only that, but, he tells Sir. ...read more.


Malvolio desperately claims that he is not mad and possessed by the devil; he begins to seem more of a victim of his own insanity rather than being a victimizer. When Feste torments him, Sir. Toby comes up to him and tells him that the pranks, jokes and tortures over Malvolio must stop and should not go any further because they are risking too much, and Sir. Toby has offended Olivia so many times that he cannot continue on doing bad things. In the end of the play, despite what everyone has done to him, he is brought out of the darkness, where he sees an unexpected celebration, no body seems willing to offer him help or an apology, so he says "I'll be revenged on the whole pack of you" and he may leave with his chin up high, or feeling extremely upset. In conclusion, you have seen different attitudes to love and how they have been expressed by the love triangle which includes Orsino, Viola and Olivia, then Malvolio, Maria and Sir. Toby Belch. Of course, at the end of the play, every one is very happy, because each and every one of them has found their true love and soul mate, except for poor Malvolio, who has been tortured in a dark room, Feste the fool and Fabian, Olivia's worker. Sir. Toby and Maria get married, as we know because Fabian had said this in Act 5, Scene 1 and Orsino proposes to Viola. And so, the play ends with Feste singing a song about the different stages in a person's life and concludes the play. ?? ?? ?? ?? -1- ...read more.

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