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Love and Disguises in Shakespeares Twelfth Night The Twelfth Night is one of William Shakespeares more prolific plays about love and the absurdity that follows it He taunts his audience of what every man goes through in life He shows how entertaining we are when we are in the throes of love or at least when we think we are Shakespeare questions the validity of the emotion love He shows the immaturity of love and how people are blinded of love In the Twelfth Night he puts his characters in a myriad of disguises physically and psychologically Shakespeare uses the device of disguises to show the different kinds of love erotic fraternal and friendship in the Twelfth Night Erotic love shows the fickleness and false appearances in the characters The characters put on disguises and acts to get what they think that they want Their reasons for erotic love are even false Shakespeare shows the reasons for their choices appearances of their own vanity and egotism Shakespeare introduces the notion of love with the fickle character Duke Orsino who in the introductory scene reveals his fickleness He says If music be the food of love play on Give me excess of it that surfeiting That strain again it had a dying fallTwelfth Night 111-4 He is saying give me an abundance of love and then changes his mind that love is Tis not so sweet now as it was before Twelfth Night 118 He considers the attempted courtship with the beautiful Lady Olivia a hunt He says to his courtier Curio That instant was I turnd into a hart And my desires like fell and cruel hounds Eer since pursue meTwelfth Night 11 20-2 Olivia will have nothing to do with him and the turns him on more to court her They have nothing in common expect that Olivia and Orsino are both nobility She is beautiful to look at and Orsino
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