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In the dramedy Twelfth Night William Shakespeare presents to us the many different aspects of love and its effects All the characters in the play are in one way or another intertwined in a relationship or committed to a bond of trust In a story teeming with humor and melancholy both Orsino and Olivia stand out as perfect examples of how romance can be so influential and overpowering in ones life It is therefore interesting to note the similarities in their attitudes towards love and other strong emotions In the following paragraphs I will attempt to explore these phenomena and uncover the true message behind these intricacies At the start of the play Orsino can be seen pining away in a melancholic mood for his inamorata Olivia He talks about his passionate love for her and how when his eyes did see Olivia first he thought she purged the air of pestilence He continues to wax lyrical about his passion commenting how his desires like fell and cruel hounds eer since pursue him Orsino laments how he is so in love with Olivia that he is totally mesmerised by her One inference which can be made of Orsinos character at this moment is his masochistic nature savouring the pain of love drowning himself in self-pity and acting ever so restless It is worthwhile to note that throughout Orsinos lovelorn confessions he has neither a glimpse nor idea of the physical appearance of Olivia Bearing in mind this fact it is safe to say that Orsinos perspective of love and his viewpoint is one that is totally superficial and shallow in nature How is it possible for someone to claim he is so deeply in love with another person whom he has no idea or perception of Is it then fair of us to classify him as someone who has been totally influenced and affected by the overpowering emotions that love brings As a Duke
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