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William Shakespeares Twelfth Night One of the first lines in the play Twelfth Night reveals the main theme of the play Curio asks Will you go hunt my lord And Duke Orsino replies Why so I do the noblest that I have O when mine eyes did see Olivia first 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 The Twelfth Night is all about hunting the heart and seeking love Love and relationships rule in Illyria and are the focus of each of the characters in Twelfth Night There are four types of love in Twelfth Night Romantic love friendly love brotherly love and self love Shakespeare also portrays all of the aspects of love Love is painful love is mad love is foolish and love is sincere The first character in the play is Duke Orsino He seems to be madly passionately in love with Olivia who does not return his love He claims to be terribly heart-sick and wrought with grief over Olivia He mopes around his house wallowing in sorrow He does this until the end of the play where he quickly shifts affections when he learns that Cesario is really a woman Orsino is not truly in love but instead he is in love with the idea of being in love He enjoys indulging in his misery and complaining of his aching heart He likes that melancholy feeling that comes from unrequited love His love for Olivia is only superficial and he comes across as being very emotionally shallow Orsino is only a likeable character because he relates in a much different way to Viola She brings out his real personality showing that perhaps he is not quite as self-indulgent as he seems He only speaks to Olivia through a messenger and he is afraid to truly get close to a woman
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