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Within Shakespeares Twelfth Night we experience Shakespeares notorious theme of conflict between opposites In this particular play nearly all characters portray some sense of disguise whether it is of false appearance or altered personality The first evidence we see is of Orsino Duke of Illyria Although he is a male we witness him showing womanly qualities He continuously talks about his love for Olivia and includes the lineO then unfold the passion of my love Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith He also seems to get lost in his indulgence of emotions and becomes love sick This signals the beginning of many contrasts and contradictions seen later in the play The next character we see demonstrates the idea of false appearances Viola has to disguise herself as a man to obtain a job as one of Orsinos messengers and try to woo Olivia for Duke Orsino However this idea turns into a bad decision when Viola falls for Orsino and progresses to more disastrous heights when Olivia falls for Viola This love triangle is bizarre for we have Olivia falling for Viola another woman who is dressed as a man who loves Orsino who in turn loves Olivia Olivia can also be considered as acting as the opposite gender in the sense that she is trying to protect her pride and staunchness Because of her fathers death a year ago and her brothers three months ago she can be thought of as the man-of-the-house She acts heartless and appears confident of rejecting Orsinos childish feelings Olivia and Viola can be seen as acting similarly both acting as males for the loss of their brothers Violas female side loves Orsino yet she cannot express herself On the other hand Olivia has fallen for Violas male side Cesario Violas possesses manners gentleness and understanding characteristics which Orsino does not have The houses jester Feste also reveals a hint of deception Jesters are
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