In the unusually altered beginning of Twelfth Night Viola disguises herself as Cesario, whom with which Olivia promptly falls in love with. In her article, “The Principle of Recompense in ‘Twelfth Night’” author Camille Slights writes, “As Cesario she clearly tells Olivia that she can never love her but, even so, she accepts Olivia's gifts, sparing her the pain and humiliation of having these symbols of love rejected,” (Slights 544). Slights illustrates various ideas within this sentence, one showing Olivia’s persistence in winning over Cesario with gifts and inextinguishable love. Furthermore, Olivia’s love for Cesario clearly proves itself as romantic love as she abandons her grieving promise contrived from the death of her brother and father. Unlike courtly love, romantic love proves steadfast and often ends pleasantly for all people, including the couples in Twelfth
When it comes to learning about the characters in a story, analyzes look at the characters’ characterization through the plays. For Shakespeare, he focused on the relationships of his characters in his plays to underline the true meaning of love. From his comedic plays to his tragedies, the love between two or more characters signified an irrational and crazy way love operates in his plays. In his play, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare described the typical “perfect” couple, Hero and Claudio, and the “surprising” couple, Benedick and Beatrice. In Act 4, these relationships are put to the test whether their relationships are true and honest after the wedding.
The drama starts to unfold when ‘Cesario, ' Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who is in love with Olivia. Orsino does not know that Viola is a woman and sends her to persuade Olivia on his behalf. The play gets even more interesting when Olivia falls for Cesario, who is Viola. The play also focuses on the suffering he goes through in the hands of his associate servants. Many literary critics today are interested in the twist of the plot and subplot and also the themes of affection, sexuality, and gender roles.
Shakespeare uses disguise in the play to show several confusions and internal conflicts between the characters, proving how malleable and deluded some human attractions can be. Shakespeare uses Viola (Cesario) as an example of a mechanism that can throw internal conflicts into temporary chaos. Viola willingly faces whatever comes in her way. Her love for Duke Orsino seems too constant and true, unlike the other characters in the play. The temporary chaos of the play is when Viola falls in love with Orsino, who falls in love with Olivia, who on the other hand falls in love with Viola’s disguise, Cesario.
Twelfth Night gives an interesting idea of disguise when it comes to gender. It also shows the slight presence of homoerotism in the play, Olivia with flirting with Viola while she is in her male disguise, confusion between Viola disguised as Cesario and her brother Sebastian, as well as chemistry between Orsino and Cesario ( Viola in disguise ) even before she was revealed to be a woman. In the play “As You Like It” there is mention of a young woman Rosalind cross dressing as a beautiful boy Ganymede and there is some sexual tension between him/her and Rosalind's lover Orlando even when Rosalind is cross dressing as a man, which is an interesting spin on Shakespearian plots. A very famous mention of disguise in Shakespeare's work is in “Romeo and Juliet”, in which Romeo uses a mask to sneak in a party to be unseen by the Capulet family members, it is then that he meets Juliet and falls in love with
Romeo vs. Tony Character and Theme Comparison William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Arthur Laurent’s West Side Story were both tragic, romantic, works. West Side Story was a close variation of the play Romeo and Juliet, but the author of West Side Story changed characteristics of Tony to differ from his Romeo and Juliet equivalent, Romeo. Tony became more of an introverted, optimistic, and innocent character. On the other hand, Romeo was outgoing, seemingly bipolar, and violent. These changes in character between Tony and Romeo altered the themes from societal expectations, fate over free will, and complicated families to societal expectations in the 1950’s, inevitability of fate, and gang rivalry due to racism.
Throughout the history of Shakespearen literature, Shakespeare tends to develop the characters in to a way that complements the story. For an example, in Macbeth, he shows the digression of the main character by an internal conflict residing from a mental condition, if he did not explain every detail of his thought process then the story would be bland and not a literature masterpiece. Another key example is the story of Romeo and Juliet, even though it is a romantic piece, he still assigns different personality traits to each character. Which makes them a key asset to how the story concludes and the theme the reader is left to discover. One of the biggest colliding character interactions is Benvolio and Tybalt.
Second, we’re going to see how Shakespeare uses characters Lord and Lady Capulet, as well as the nurse to show us parental love. Finally, he uses the love of Romeo and Juliet as an example to show us true love. In Verona, status and honour seems to be an important aspect for the wealthy families living there like the Capulets and the Montagues. But what is status and honour? It’s your respect, pride and your social status and Lady Capulet is a good example of someone who shows us these traits.
The two couples got married in the drama and the topic of friendship is very significant and important in the plot of the play. In the event that we discuss love then the first that ought to be considered is the adoration for Portia and Bassanio. Bassanio needed to get hitched to Portia on the grounds that she was a wonderful and well off lady.. So, from this point of view, Bassanio can be accused of loving the beauty and wealth of Portia more than Portia herself. On the other hand, Bassanio really liked Portia and wanted to get married to her.