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Twelfth Night Essay Theme of Love In the play Twelfth Night Shakespeare explores and illustrates the emotion of love with precise detail According to Websters New World Dictionary love is defined as a strong affection or liking for someone Throughout the play Shakespeare examines three different types of love true love self love and friendship Twelfth Night consists of many love triangles however many of the characters who are tangled up in the web of love are blind to see that their emotions and feelings toward other characters are untrue They are being deceived by themselves andor the others around them There are certain instances in the play where the emotion of love is true and the two people involved feel very strongly toward one another Violas love for Orsino is a great example of true love Although she is pretending to be a man and is virtually unknown in Illyria she hopes to win the Dukes heart In act 1 scene 4 Viola lets out her true feelings for Cesario yet a barful strife Whoeer I woo myself would be his wife 1 That statement becomes true when Viola reveals her true identity Viola and Orsino had a very good friendship and making the switch to husband and wife was easy Viola was caught up in another true love scenario only this time she was on the receiving end and things didnt work out so smoothly During her attempts to court Olivia for Orsino Olivia grew to love Cesario Viola was now caught in a terrible situation and there was only one way out but that would jeopardize her chances with Orsino Its amazing that Olivia could fall for a woman dressed as a man but because Viola knew what women like to hear her words won Olivias
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