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

Twelfth Night, Duke Orsino compares the love of women and men by saying "Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm, More long, wavering, sooner lost, and worn, Than women's are." Discuss

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Twelfth Night Essay Y10 In the play, Twelfth Night, Duke Orsino compares the love of women and men by saying "Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm, More long, wavering, sooner lost, and worn, Than women's are." He believes that men love more strongly than women and that the man should be the older partner in marriage. When Duke Orsino mentions that the man's love is giddy and unfirm, he means that women are more constant than men, and that women just look at something and like that thing immediately. When he states that a man's love is more "longing, wavering, sooner lost, and worn," he indicates that men love to depth and women just think love is on the tip of their tongue. Duke Orsino is a lover who loves the idea of being in love, and sees love as the most imaginative and unreal of conditions. As Orsino says to Curio, "So full of shapes is fancy, That is alone is high fantastical" illustrates this. ...read more.

Middle

When she is sent by Orsino to woe his love to Olivia, she begins to fall in love with Orsino because of his charming and handsome looks as well as his position in society. As Viola expresses her feelings of love for Orsino to Olivia in Act 1 Scene 5, "With adorations, fertile tears, With groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire," illustrates this. Antonio, a sea captain saves Sebastian from a shipwreck and starts to love Sebastian. Sebastian denies his love for Antonio but does not hate him. Antonio is very sad when he hears this but Sebastian still treats him as a friend. Yet, Antonio is willing to sacrifice himself for Sebastian by following him into Illyria. As Antonio says to Sebastian, "My desire, More sharp than filled steel, did spur me forth," shows this. In this case Antonio's love and friendship for Sebastian is real and very strong. ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes their relationship comfortable which in the end builds up to the couple getting married. Maria benefits from marrying Sir Toby because her status in the family will be higher meaning that she will be more respected by Sir Toby's and Olivia's relatives. By close examination of the text I do not agree with Orsino's statement as regards the characters in Twelfth Night because love is not the same to each character. Most of the time, love is based on act and status especially for the women like Viola and Maria. The behavior of Duke Orsino, Olivia and Sebastian as they fall in love and out of love is irrational, misleading, quick, and not real. Love can be dangerous and deceptive for people who don't understand themselves very well such as Malvolio. If you love the women passionately, she will love you. I partly agree with Orsino's statement about love between women and men because only Antonio and the Duke love strongly and to depth, whereas Olivia's and Malvolio's love is unrealistic. By Pawan 10N Grade: B- ...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. Free essay

    All about Twelfth Night. The play starts in Illyria with the Duke Orsino talking ...

    These two characters are comic relief characters who have a romantic storyline but are characters making the play more intriguing and least serious.

  2. English Coursework Essay: Views on love from Twelfth Night

    However, Feste's meaning is hidden in the words, He links Orsino with a cloth and precious stone, which are both known for changing their color in different lights, implying that Orsino himself is as changeable in his love life. This is Feste speaking his mind and telling his master what

  1. What is Orsino's attitude towards women and how does this change during the course ...

    The emotions that Orsino feels for Olivia are very strong and he believes he will never feel them about any other woman in his life. In the final scene, the only time Olivia and Orsino are on stage together, he describes her arrival with hyperbole, ' now heaven walks on Earth.'

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

    as she gets told what he's going to do and how and what he really thinks of Olivia. These show that Viola is wishful thinking, and is wishing that Orsino were wooing her instead. She became quite close to Orsino as she was dressed up in disguise as Cesario.

  1. Twelfth Night- Act 1

    Viola's arrival begins to break both characters out of their self-involved shells, but neither undergoes a clear-cut change. Ultimately, Orsino and Olivia seem to be out of touch with real emotion, as demonstrated by the ease with which they shift their affections.

  2. I agree to a certain extent that twelfth night is a feminist play. What ...

    But despite her dilemma, she tells Orsino that she will do her 'best/ To woo his [your] lady". She is sacrificing her own happiness for Orsino's happiness. Unlike Orsino whose 'love' is not sacrificial at all! The 'love' he has for Olivia should actually be defined as infatuation because his

  1. Consider the ways in which love, obsession and disguise inform our understanding of the ...

    Orsino links connection between love and imagination. "So full of shapes is fancy, /That alone is high fantastical." And so raises the question, does the human brain create love merely as something to do or does love really exist? When Valentine tells Orsino that Olivia is in morning for her brother for seven year Orsino reacts to it rather differently.

  2. A joyful fantasy full of impossibilities. To what extent is this a true description ...

    In Act 1 Scene 1, the theme of unrequited love is introduced right at the very start of the play. Although this is a serious issue in contrast to the rest of the play, it enables us to find out about Orsino and leaves us unexpected for a humorous scene.

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