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With references to four characters of your choice, discuss the various ways the theme of love is portrayed in 'Twelfth Night'.

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10a4/CD7/R Nicola Russell 10a4 8/7/03 GCSE English, Reading, Response to Shakespeare. With references to four characters of your choice, discuss the various ways the theme of love is portrayed in 'Twelfth Night'. In this essay I will be discussing the various kinds of love between the characters in 'Twelfth Night'. There are different kinds of love throughout the play: romantic or true love; platonic love; love at first sight; and unrequited love. Twelfth Night is a play about a woman called Viola, who is shipwrecked and parted from her brother Sebastian. Viola disguises herself as a man called 'Cesario' because woman found it hard to get work Love and marriage were different in the Elizabethan era compared to today because people used messengers to woo people. If you were rich you would send one of your servants to woo your lover. The four characters I am going to focus on are Orsino, Olivia, Viola and Sebastian, as they are all in love. Orsino, the duke, is very rich and lovesick. Orsino is the first person to appear in Act 1 Scene 1. The first scene is at Orsino's house. He is mentioned in the play when Viola says he is a nice man, but you find out he is selfish. ...read more.

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At the end of Act 1 Scene 3, before she went to see Olivia, she admits her love for Orsino. It shows that she wants him and would like to be his wife. Viola realises that there will never be a relationship between Orsino and Lady Olivia. 'My lord and master loves you... With adorations, fertile tears, With groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire.' Viola is saying this to Olivia, about Orsino. This shows that Viola is trying to do the best for Orsino and wants to get Olivia to love Orsino the way he loves her. Nothing that Viola was saying was going through Olivia's head. On another visit to Olivia's house Viola tells Olivia that Cesario does not love her the way she wants her to. At the end Viola reveals her true identity. Olivia was shocked when she found out. Viola says that she would prefer to be with a man rather than to be a man. ' I am almost sick for one, though I would not have it grow on my chin.' It shows that she wants to be in a relationship with a man. The duke and Viola get married, so this is one couple that got together. ...read more.

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They are so happy that they are back together. This is another happy relationship. I have written about four characters: Orsino, Viola, Olivia and Sebastian. I wrote about these four characters because they are all linked together and are all in love. The different types of love are love at first sight, platonic love, unrequited love and true or romantic love. I like the different types of love in this play, because it is not just about one type, it varies. Orsino represents Shakespeare's view of unrequited love in 'Twelfth Night'. He shows this type of love by saying how much he loves Olivia throughout the play. Orsino is lovesick over Olivia. Another type of love that Orsino represents is romantic love. He shows this type of love by proposing to Viola. Viola represents Shakespeare's view of true romantic love in 'Twelfth Night'. She shows this type of love when she is willing to give up her own happiness for Orsino. Olivia represents Shakespeare's view of lust in 'Twelfth Night'. She shows this type of love by wanting to see Cesario all the time. Also Olivia represents Shakespeare's view of love at first sight. She shows this type of love by thinking Sebastian was Cesario and marrying Sebastian. Sebastian and Antonio represent Shakespeare's view of platonic love in 'Twelfth Night'. They show this type of love by risking their own safety to help each other. Nicola Russell ...read more.

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