Twelfth night revolves very much round love and treatment of others.
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Twelfth night revolves very much round love and treatment of others. Most of the story is about love. Most of the characters spend most of their time trying to woo each other. The romantic love is very much like the Elizabethan attitudes to love, sex and marriage. What I mean is that some people just had sex for their enjoyment which was frowned upon, but some people believe that sex should be after marriage and really only to reproduce. 'Courtly love' was developed. This effected European literature from about the twelfth century onward. The treatment of others is very much about revenge. Many of the characters wanted revenge for the way they had been treated earlier in the story. This is where my sympathies revolve around because many people get hurt. During the whole of this story Viola (Cesario) is falling more and more in love with Orsino. She begins to fall in love with Orsino at his place and along the coast when she realizes how passionate Orsino can be about love. She realizes how passionate he is when he says " if music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die.
o you should not rest between the elements of and earth but you should pity me!" As Cesario leaves Olivia asks Malvolio to hurry after him and give him a ring to show her love for him. No one really loves Malvolio, but he has self-love. A good example is in Olivia's garden where he finds a letter written by Maria but looks very similar to Olivia's handwriting. Malvolio believes it straight away because of his self-love. He believes he is much higher then everyone else, therefore he believes he is much closer to her. He puts on an act the whole time he is serving Olivia. After reading the letter he goes to Olivia believing all that it said in the letter. He makes a mockery of himself in front of her, and Olivia asks Maria to see to him as she thinks he is mad. Malvolio is also lonely and he doesn't really help himself being puritanical and spoiling everyone's fun. In this story people fall in love so fast you need to really ask yourself if it really love?
There is no chance of him marrying and in act 5 when sir Toby calls him a gull, Sir Andrew is distrout. I feel so very sorry for him because he has been led on has tried so hard for Olivia's love. At the beginning of the story sir Toby was funny, bordy and really the life and soul. He was always getting drunk. He always enjoyed having fun with Feste and Sir Andrew who he pretended to like. Later in the story sir Toby is becoming very nasty using cold calculated words to certain people. After carrying out certain tricks and using cold calculated words, I begin to really start hating sir Toby and it has been a shock to me in the way he has changed. In the last few pages of the book, Feste is singing a song. The song is telling us not to take any of this seriously because its only fun, which is different to what, I thought. I believe this is not just a comedy but a black comedy because of all the laughing at other people's expence. This story is also about human nature and it makes you think. Matt Burke
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