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A common theme in many of Shakespeares plays is the idea of loyalty Good or evil right or wrong the central character in the play always has at least one person whom no matter what the circumstances never leaves their side or never denies the person what they want even if it is contrary to what they want or believe The play Twelfth Night portrays a very good example of loyalty and sacrifice Viola or Cesario as she is known through most of the play has found herself in an interesting predicament A rather interesting love triangle is woven in the play and she finds herself in the middle of it as both a man and a woman The interesting part is that she puts her own feelings aside in order to fulfill the wishes of her Lord and her love For anyone who has been in love they can understand how difficult it must have been to pursue another woman for the man that you love Viola is quoted as saying Ill do my best to woo your lady aside yet a barful strife Whoeer I woo myself would be his wife Twelfth Night Iiv40 she is admitting that she loves him This is not going to stop her from pursuing Olivia on Orsinos behalf In creating her character Shakespeare has in effect created someone who will put her own interests aside in order to be loyal to the Duke This is the ultimate sacrifice Loyalty in this case is something that is prohibiting the character from finding her own happiness She never considers not carrying out her duties to further her gain Her loyalty lies in two different aspects to her Lord and to her Love Violas character is so unique because through her disguise she becomes the love interest of the very woman that she is pursing for the Duke Obviously her interests would lie far from getting involved with Olivia
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