Twelfth Night Theme Love

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In the play “Twelfth Night” the topic “love” is widely mentioned through out the play. “Love” can be considered as the most important theme of this play. All of the characters in this play deal with some sort of love. Even though the play “Twelfth Night” has a happy ending, at some parts of the play, some characters do feel that love causes pain. There are three kinds of love that William Shakespeare uses in this play: true love, friendship, and self love. In the play, we can see different relationships that are happening throughout the play. Some of the relationships that we see that are being formed in the play is untrue. For example, the relationship between Olivia and Cesario, Olivia loves Cesario/Viola, but she is blinded by love, because Cesario is actually a girl disguised as a boy. Another example would be, when Maria, Sir Toby, and Sir Andrew play a trick on Malvolio. Malvolio believes that Olivia is in love with him, he is being played a trick on. There are relationships that happen in the play that portrays true love. The love between Viola and Duke Orsino is an example of true love. In the play, Viola pretends to be a man, but she is in love with the Duke. When the Duke and Viola discusses love in Act 1 scene 4, we get a feeling that Viola is really in love with Orsino when she says “Yet, a barful strife! Whoe’er I woo, myself would be his wife.” Another example of true love that happens in “Twelfth Night” is between Olivia and Viola/ Cesario. When Viola/ Cesario is sent to woo the love of Olivia for Orsino, she accidentally makes Olivia fall in love with her. Olivia truly loves Viola/Cesario, but Viola/Cesario cannot love her back. Viola/Cesario gets tangled up in a confusing situation. The second kind of love that we see in the play is the love of friends. The closest friendship portrayed in the play “Twelfth Night” is between the Duke and Viola.
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