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Version of Twelfth Night - The New Folger Library - Twelfth Night or what you will Please note that there are serveral versions of Twelfth Night Be sure to check the location of each lines if the book you are using is different than I am using The context of William Shakespeare on love in Twelfth Night has been most curious as well the characters plot Shakespeare has lay a foundation of the play in the first act starting out as a Countess mourning for her brother death a survivor of shipwreck and a duke longing for love ending in a great triangle of love Duke Orsino has pushed himself as well his servants to try to get Countess Olivias attenion focused on the Duke During this course of the exchange of love notes and refusual ViolaCeasio has caught in the crossfire of Cupids arrow and now Olivia has her eyes set on Viola Viola and Duke Orsino is unaware of this In the Elizabethan play the main characters Viola Orsino and Olivia have entangled themselves in a strange love odessey Like all Shakespearn plays the play starts out with a Prince which is Orinso who laments that he is lovesick he wishes that If music be the food of love play on Give me excess of it that surfeiting The Appetite may sicken and so die Ii1 He could kill his unrequited love through an overdose of music Hence he describe how love is to himself O it came oer my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets Ii5 MeThought she purged the air of pestilence That instant was I turned into a hart And my desires like fell and cruel hounds Eer since pursue me Ii22 Orsino has compared himself to the mythological figure Acteon who having seen the goddess Diana bathing was turned into a hart and destroyed by
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