Duke Orsino is in love with Olivia. Viola falls in love with Orsino, while disguised as, Cesario. Olivia falls in love with Cesario. This love triangle is only resolved when Olivia falls in love with Viola’s twin brother, Sebastian, and, at the last minute, Orsino decides that he actually loves Viola. Twelfth Night derives much of its comic force by satirizing these lovers.
But when Shakespeare wrote about love, it was about many different kinds of love, and there usually are no ‘happily ever after’ endings. “As an abstract concept, love is typically taken to represent a range of human emotions, from simple feelings of pleasure to overwhelming and ineffable attraction towards another person” (Ahmetoglu, Swami, and Chamorro-Premuzic). The main theme of the play is love and this statement is a good example of the different types of love in Othello. While the love between Othello and Desdemona takes center stage, there is many different love relationships in the play as well. In the play you can see familial, friendly, unrequited, true, and sexual love.
He describes her looks as he says: "O, she is rich in beauty, only poor". Romeo talks of his unattainable love to the beautiful Rosaline. He sees Rosaline as strong, for she would never be hit by cupid's arrow. This is an example of courtly love. Now think about Romeo’s “love at first sight” with Juliet, they cannot get enough of each other, weakened at each other’s disappearance.
Like Orsino, Olivia also has no problem shifting the object of love from one person to the next. She is initially in love with Cestario, but at the end of the play she quickly falls for Sebastian. At first she thought he was Cestario, but she was still willing to marry him when the scene unfolds and Viola was revealed as herself. This shows that she does not love deeply if she is ready to marry someone she just met based upon the fact that he resembles the person she fell
William Shakespeare's tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is a popular study for various themes, including love. The five types of love include unrequited love, romantic love, parental love, friendship and love of family honor. Love is an overpowering force that takes over all other values, loyalties and emotions.The ones I will be elaborating is romantic love and love of family honor. I find these the direct cause of the eventual ending of the plot- the death of Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet. The romantic love of Romeo and Juliet has become very popular and is the ideal example of star-crossed lovers.
Although the love Romeo and Juliet share is ‘love at first sight’, as the play progresses Juliet's love for Romeo develops into true romantic love - she loves him despite him being a Montague. However, even this kind of love results in being unrequited, as both die for their love at the end of the
For example, in the impossible love between Orsino and ‘Cesario’, Viola’s rather chancy silence creates a number of comical moments, such as mid-way through the play where, when asked what kind of woman Cesario loves, Viola almost lets slip her true feelings “Of your complexion”, “About your years”. Olivia’s love for ‘Cesario’, equally as impossible, also creates humour, in the absurdity that Viola is “the man” which Olivia is in love with! If Viola had not masked herself as Cesario, no love triangle would have arisen: the plot would merely revolve around an unrequited and inoperative love between Orsino and Olivia, and there would be nothing too amusing about that. Therefore, regarding the witty love triangle that is so pivotal in
Compare And Contrast The Ways In Which Love Is Presented In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Carol Ann Duffy’s Rapture. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare is perhaps the most recognised love story in the world today, although it is not legendary for its presentation of many different types of love, but for its triumphant description of one love. This story captured the hearts of those in Elizabethan England, first they were intrigued by the setting: Verona. Italy was infamous at the time for passionate love and murderous feuds of which the play provided in generous quantities. Then they were captivated by the notion of ‘star-crossed lovers’, and finally distraught when they witnessed the tragedy-stricken conclusion.
The marriage between Desdemona and Othello is racked with controversy. It is through Act 1 Scene 3 that Shakespeare explores the pair’s deep love, and this love is depicted to be so strong, that Desdemona is willing to betray her own father for Othello. This is the first exploration of their relationship’s passionate, extreme nature, which ultimately proves to be the hero’s fatal flaw. Desdemona’s loyalty to Othello, whilst seemingly faultless, is also first called into question in this act, with her father saying; “She has deceived her father and may thee’, foreshadowing how the nature of the relationship may be turned. The drama of this secret marriage between the couple allows for Shakespeare to highlight the impassioned nature of Othello, with lines such as “my life upon her faith”, introducing the defective nature of the main character.
Love is frequently presented in William Shakespeare’s play ‘Twelfth Night’ and can be interpreted in many ways. It is first shown in the beginning lines of the play, when the Duke, Orsino, laments that he is lovesick, and wishes that ‘if music be the food of love,’ he could kill his unrequited love through an overdose of music. The Duke describes love as if it is a living thing; something which requires a separate entity in order to maintain itself, as if music is the food of love. This is an interesting way to see it, and simplifies what the definition of love perhaps is. On the other hand, as music is not a tanglible substance, it could infer that music is the feeder of love, rather than being the food itself.