Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Love is Irrational Love is Irrational. In the play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Love is an Irrational yet a gentle force and it always wins at the end, since the play ends with three marriages. When characters in the play fall in love, it is not determined by their rational awareness but by their irrational subconsciousness. The love presented in the play can be characterised by it act of collaboration between different characters. Romantic love is a lead in the play but as a secondary theme.
Critique of Shakespearean play Much Ado About Nothing Even in his comedies, Shakespeare still was able to convey thoughts about love and marriage. Characters Benedick, Claudio, and Don Pedro all provide a different type of character to the play, but are all very witty and attract the attention of all of the nobles in the household. Shakespeare's comedy is about three men, the Courtiers, who struggle to find marriage. Benedick for example, has trouble finding one girl that he would be willing to marry. He vows that he never will marry, but what he doesn’t realize is that he actually loves Beatrice.
When looking at the play Romeo and Juliet, it is made apparent that this love the characters speak of is just simply an illusion they have of love. Nonetheless, this illusionary love has a major effect on their character. Some characters jump quickly into what they believe is love and let it become a huge force of their life to the point where they change who they are and eventually let it take force of their life. Romeo and Juliet is known for its theme of love all around the world. It has a powerful focus on the intense passion between the character of Romeo and Juliet first sight of each other.
Love can be seen to be considered a sole motivation for much of the comedy and comedic behaviour in ‘Twelfth Night’. How far do you agree with this? Love is used as a motivating force in ‘Twelfth Night’ in various ways. Love as a motivation has been used on many characters in the play. This play is about love and suggests the effects of love on a person.
Orsino describes himself as “as all true lovers are”. This is implying that he is the perfect lover, and his love for Olivia is real. It also shows that he is quite vain and full of himself. True lovers are thought to be sound in their love, but then Orsino continues with a declaration that his love is “Unstaid and skittish”, further indicating that Orsino often contradicts himself, as his love is restless, opposed to his supposed true love. Orsino discusses love with Cesario, who is Viola in disguise.
Viola expresses her love for Orsino through Cesario saying that “more by all mores than e’er I shall love wife” despite the fact that no one knows that Cesario is in fact a women. The fact that Orsino does not deny this love, shows that he has similar feelings, especially because he says that he Cesario is someone that he tenders “dearly”. This is comedic because it shows the reversal of feelings that Orsino has in a very short space of time. Throughout the play he has been infatuated with the concept of a relationship with Olivia, yet now that he is rejected yet again, he turns to his more homosexual side and accepts Cesario’s love for him. This relates to Morreall’s concept of complexity and the sudden switch form heterosexual to homosexual love is comedic, due to its quick and somewhat impulsive nature.
Jakob Schwanitz Schwanitz 1 Professor McDuffie Shakespeare “Twelfth Night” #Essay 1 03-21-2012 Madness in Love in William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” There are many definitions for love, but there are also many definitions for madness. Both words, when joined together, create an endless possibility of emotions and actions one can bare to hold for the sake of another. Madness can be described as “senseless folly”. When a person is in love with another, they tend to define their feelings of passionate affection for this other person. Shakespeare’s concept was to involve some of his characters with this feeling.
He laments that marriage turns strong men into pathetic ones ‘I will do myself the right to trust no one’ Benedick saying ‘trust no one’ could suggest how he has been hurt in love before. Being hurt in love before could be the factor making him so against it. . Benedick is introduced to the play by the woman who he ends the play with, Beatrice. ‘And a good solider to a lady’ (1.1.50).
That instant when I’d turn’d into a hart; And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds, E’er since pursue me.” (Act 1, Scene 1 – pg. 9) In this quote, it is evident that at the beginning of this play, Orsino is very much in love with Olivia. Since it is a Shakespeare play, this love does not last throughout the rest of the play. Although, for the meantime he wants to get his feelings out to Olivia so he does so through Viola/Cesario. Because of this, they spend time together and Viola quickly falls in love with Orsino.
←Analysis of Major Characters→Character List Themes, Motifs & Symbols King Lear Lear’s basic flaw at the beginning of the play is that he values appearances above reality. He wants to be treated as a king and to enjoy the title, but he doesn’t want to fulfill a king’s obligations of governing for the good of his subjects. Similarly, his test of his daughters demonstrates that he values a flattering public display of love over real love. He doesn’t ask “which of you doth love us most,” but rather, “which of you shall we say doth love us most?” (1.1.49). Most readers conclude that Lear is simply blind to the truth, but Cordelia is already his favorite daughter at the beginning of the play, so presumably he knows that she loves him the most.