This shows that his feelings are not actually true and that he is very self-indulgent. I found this play to be the most entertaining of those I have read because of the fact that it is completely different from that of any other Shakespeare play. In this essay I am going to explore these aspects and write about the different sides of love in the play, such as humour and suffering. Twelfth Night derives much of its comic force by satirizing these lovers. Throughout the play, Olivia enjoys wallowing in her grief, first over her brother and then over Cesario. The company of , London, has produced many notable, highly popular all-male performances, and a highlight of their 2002 season was Twelfth Night, with the Globe's artistic director playing the part of Olivia.
You shall from this time be your master's mistress. Monday was Twelfth Night, or the Twelfth day of Christmas in the old western church calendar. Shakespeare has written a soliloquy by Malvolio, telling how he loves himself so much, and has plans to marry Olivia and become famous and rule the world with her. The Duke adores Olivia for what she can offer him as he is very status conscious. Shakespeare also portrays all of the aspects of love: Love is painful, love is mad, love is foolish, and love is sincere.
How many women have listened to that siren call, pursuing security over love by competing with men in the marketplace, only to find that married love and family is what they wanted more than anything? The Folly of Ambition The problem of social ambition works itself out largely through the character of Malvolio, the steward, who seems to be a competent servant, if prudish and dour, but proves to be, in fact, a supreme egotist, with tremendous ambitions to rise out of his social class. The feminist complaint, that women in Western culture have no significant power unless it comes through a man, finds traction in Twelfth Night in two ways. Love is presented as a fleeting and fanciful ideal with many of the characters showing this in their actions and speech. Through their times of sorrow and mourning for each of their apparent deaths they still loved each other. Shakespeare showed lust between Orsino and Olivia. He claims to be terribly heart-sick and wrought with grief over Olivia.
Orsino does not seem to know Olivia's personality. Other types of love, such as friendship and love between brothers and sisters, are also celebrated in Twelfth Night. And since you have called me master for so long, here is my hand. Twelfth Night is what we call a 'romantic comedy,' a comic play drawing on elements of fable, often concerned with love. It is conjectured that the name of its male lead, Orsino, was suggested by , an Italian nobleman who visited London in the winter of 1600 to 1601.
Love is an extremely diverse emotion which is why it was used as the main topic in twelfth night. Viola is an extraordinary young woman: brave, sympathetic, quick-witted, and her way with words attracts both Orsino and Olivia. It asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings cross-gartered, to be rude to the rest of the servants, and to smile constantly in the presence of Olivia. Every person in the play undergoes his or her own encounter with love in some form, with each character's experience differing from the next. A further kind of love that Shakespeare explores, using the characters of Viola and Orsino, and Sebastian and Olivia, is romantic or physical love. The first character in the play is Duke Orsino.
In addition to it is also the only play… 1146 Words 5 Pages William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night The use of genre in any literary work assist the responder in understanding the text, as prior knowledge and past experience are used by composers to construct certain expectations due to characteristics that are recognised. Cambridge University Press, 2002, p. The courtly, fairy tale love among people of high social class, for example Duke Orsino's attitude to love, and there is the 'earthy', realistic and physical love among the middle and lower class, like the love between Sir Toby and Maria. The focus then is solely on the story at hand. The Main Love Triangle The main love triangle of Twelfth Night is between the characters Viola, Countess Olivia, and Count Orsino. The play is about a brother and sister, Sebastian and Viola, who are separated after a shipwreck, and both think the other has drowned.
Orsino tried to capture the heart of Olivia through out the play, and lusted for her because he was attracted by her grieving for her family. He is founder and director of the Center for Western Studies, and serves as scholar-in-residence for the National Fellows movement. Unfortunately, it is made clear that this kind of homosexual love is not welcome in the world of Illyria, where everyone pairs off in traditional marriages. It strikes without warning, and infects everyone, leaving pain and madness in its wake. At this point, Viola reveals her identity and is reunited with her twin brother. There are certain instances in the play where the emotion of love is true, and the two people involved feel very strongly toward one another. Olivia cares about the people around her, but she also believes that no man is worthy of her beauty.
One of 's plays, Twelfth Fish, is a spoof of Shakespeare's works. Love is one of the most confusing and most misunderstood emotions that we as humans posses. The main theme of Twelfth Night is love. At the beginning of the play we find Orsino talking dramatically of his love for Olivia but actually seems to be in love with the idea of love itself. Even the love between Sir Toby and Maria is self-seeking Shakespeare contrasts this with the idea of true love. There are many characters in the novel that suffer from deception.