Discuss the theme of love with specific focus on the                              nature of love as explored in the play Love generally means to have a strong affection or deep tender feelings for somebody. Love is something sudden and irresistible and is extremely difficult to get rid off. People seem to suffer from love, or at least claim to suffer. The play Twelfth Night is written by William Shakespeare in which he encompasses three ingredients that are love, infatuation and romance. These three elements constitute the main theme of the play that is love. Most characters in the play are involved in love in varying degrees. Throughout the play, many forms of love are portrayed.     The first form of love explored is sentimental love of  Duke Orsino. At the beginning of the play the Duke says,                                          “If music be the food of love play on, give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken and so die.”       It appears from this quote that Orsino is in love with the idea of being in love. His speech is full of melodramatic words which shows that he is over indulgent in love. Orsino compares love to the sea,                                                    “O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou, That notwithstanding thy capacity Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there”      The comparison documents that the sea is capable of receiving into it all the waters of all the rivers. Love also receives into itself all sorts of
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passion and emotions. The Duke is drawn to an emotion which he believes is love. Orsino seems to be unaware of Olivia’s personality. He is drawn to her because of what she can offer, her status, wealth and beauty.     The purest love in Twelfth Night is that of Viola for Orsino. Orsino’s feelings of happiness mean more to Viola than her own. This is noted when Viola goes to court Olivia for Orsino and before she leaves she says to herself,                                                                                  “I’ll do my best                                                                     To woo your lady:[Aside] yet, a barful strife!                                                                      Whoe’er I woo, myself would be his ...

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