Theme Of Love In Twelfth Night

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What is love? A question that has no answer. Is it a feeling, an action, an emotion? American author H. Jackson Brown Jr. says “Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than yours”(www.brainyquote.com). In twelfth night the characters face this question of what love is. Orsino a love crazy duke is in love the lady Olivia. Lady Olivia is a lady who is mourning the loss of her brother and father keeps rejecting Orsino 's pleads for love. Orsino than sends one of his favorite servant to woo her for him. This servant is named Cesario who is really a girl named Viola in disguise. Cesario ends up wooing Olivia for himself instead of for Orsino. Meanwhile, Viola who is disguised Cesario falls in love with Orsino. So we end up with Orsino loving Olivia, Olivia loving Cesario who is really Viola in disguise, and Viola loving Orsino. In the end, Olivia marries Viola 's brother Sebastian because she thinks she is Cesario and Cesario reveal herself as Viola and marries Orsino. Shakespeare suggests that the nature of love is appearance-based, shallow, and cruel. We see this when Orsino professes his love for Olivia to his servant and when Orsino tells his mistro to drown his love in music.
Shakespeare suggests that the nature of love is appearance-based, shallow, and cruel when Orsino a love-mad duke is in his court sick with his love for the Lady Olivia who has been rejecting Orsino 's pleads for love he begins to tell one of his servant about his the first time he
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