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Types of Love in ‘Twelfth Night’ by Shakespeare

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There are multiple forms of love in the Shakespearean play Twelfth Night, such as self-love, unrequited love, hidden love, and selfless love. The main theme of Twelfth Night is love. I have chosen to analyse Malvolio’s self-love, and Viola’s self-less love. Malvolio’s Self Love Throughout the play, there are scenes involving Malvolio, Olivia’s prudish, irritating servant. He is full of self-love, and cares for no-one but himself and Olivia.

Maria, Andrew, Toby and Feste decide to play a prank on Malvolio, by writing a letter that Malvolio found. He somehow worked himself into it, and convinced himself it was from Olivia. In truth, it was from Maria, who has the same handwriting as her mistress, Olivia. 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. He is taking a stroll in the garden, when he finds the letter from ‘Olivia’ and the letters M.

O. A. I. He convinces himself that it means his name, and proceeds to make a fool of himself, by following ‘Olivia’s’ instructions to wear yellow cross-gartered stockings, and a big smile, which Olivia detested on him. Some quotes showing Malvolio’s self-love are: ‘To be Count Malvolio! ’ – Act 2, Scene 5. ‘Having been three months married to her (Olivia)’ – Act 2, Scene 5. ‘Calling my officers about me, in my branched velvet gown, having come from a day bed, where I have left Olivia sleeping’ – Act 2, Scene 5. Toby approaches; curtsies there to me’ – Act 2, Scene 5. Viola’s Self-Less Love Viola, the main character, is the complete opposite of Malvolio. She is fun-loving, happy, and completely selfless. She loves Orsino from the very start, and does not question him, waver from the path set for her from him, nor disagree with anything he says, other than the fact that apparently, women cannot love as much as men can, despite the fact that he very quickly changes his love from Olivia to Viola in the end.

Viola is willing to do whatever Orsino wants, and it is surprising that he does not question her complete faith in him. He uses her to pledge his love for Olivia, because ‘he’ looks more youthful and feminine (not surprising). There are a few lines Shakespeare has written for Viola that encompass her feelings for Duke Orsino, such as: ‘Whoe’er I woo, myself would be his wife’ – Act 1, Scene 4. Love is a major aspect of Shakespearean Romantic Comedy, and the majority of his plays are Romantic Comedy.

Shakespeare presents an opinion on love and marriage, and that opinion is that life is full of romance, and love. He is representing it very well, and modern day people can relate to what his writing’s tell us. In my opinion, Shakespeare did hurry into the marriage in the play, and it was quite whimsical. He makes Orsino switch love very quickly, and it sort of conveys a message that he doesn’t really understand the essence of true love.

Author: Brandon Johnson

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The Different Types Of Love Present In Shakespeare Play, Twelfth Night. Shakespeare Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's comedy, 'Twelfth Night', is not only about tricks, pranks or black humour; moreover, it's deeply about love and different types of love and how they affect different personalities. The different types of love mentioned by Shakespeare in 'Twelfth Night' are: True love, boasting love, self-love and friendship.

'Twelfth Night' consists of many love triangles and the different characters involved in the triangles don't end up with the ones they love or even their love makes them blind to see that the person they love is their same gender! An ideal example of true love is Viola's love for Orsino. She falls in love with Orsino at first sight of him; however, she has disguised herself as a man and as she is unknown in Illyria she finds it very difficult to express her love to the Duke directly; although, she always hints him that she is a woman and loves him a lot during the play.

"Viola: To woo your lady. [Aside] Yet a barful strife!

Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife.

Viola is a true lover because she is very sincere to Orsino throughout the play; moreover, obediently carries out Orsino's orders to woo Olivia; she tells Olivia what genuine love really is like and she is willing to die for love.

There was another true love situation; however, this time Viola was on the receiving end. Viola was given the job to woo Olivia, it went completely wrong and Olivia started to have affection for Viola instead. Olivia thinks very highly of her: 'Is't not well done?' Olivia didn't know that Viola was a woman; however, Viola knew what a woman would like to hear from a lover; therefore, Olivia fell in love with Viola. Olivia equates love with sickness.

"Olivia: Even so quickly may one catch the plague."

Viola was in a very difficult situation to tackle; either she could tell everyone that she is a woman but that would eliminate the chances to get Orsino to love Viola. Viola hopes time will solve her problem. She faces a lot of troubles and unhappiness when Olivia falls in love with her.

"Viola: O time, thou must untangle this, not I;

It is too hard a knot for me t'untie."

There is also another true love situation: love between Viola and Sebastian. Viola loves her brother a lot and thinks that she has lost him in the ship wreck which she survived and mourns for her; moreover, Sebastian thinks the same and mourns for her too. Olivia also has lost her brother but she forgets about him when she falls in love with Viola.

"Viola: O my poor brother! And so perchance he may be.

"Sebastian: ...she bore a mind that envy could not but call fair.

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