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Essay about The Contrasted Attitudes to Love in William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night

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The Contrasted Attitudes to Love at William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night In the play, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare reveals two Chief approaches to love. The courtly, fairy tale love among people of high social class, such as Duke Orsino's disposition to love, and there's the 'earthy', realistic and bodily love one of the middle and lower class, such as the love between Sir Toby and Maria. Shakespeare parallels the idealized love with earthy love, and between these are voiced the attitudes to love Olivia, Viola and Feste. Duke Orsino's opening address to the drama is all four legs that make the 'throne' of courtly love. This paragraph explains the entire of Orsino's personality; quite romantic, madly in love, but the ironic thing is that he does not mention who he loves, not the sex or creation of this person he loves. This only proves that Orsino is in love with love . We could even tell that Orsino's love is unhealthy, but in Orsino's favour, he's attempting to finish his love. This is pointed out from the first line of his address, 'If music be the food of love, play ' line 1, 1:1. Really this line seems very intimate and that he truly loves a beautiful goddess by describing music as being the 'food' his love feeds on but then Orsino crushes this gorgeous picture with the next two lines, ('Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so perish.' Lines 2-3, 1:1) by incorporating he hopes that if he feeds too much of the music he'll get sick of it and his love will expire after 'eating' a lot of the songs. Also from this address, we can tell the Orsino is of high social class,...

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