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Essay Twelfth Night - There is More Than One Way to Enjoy!

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Many men and women understand what love is, the strong affection that one feels for another. However, there are a lot of different kinds of love. Shakespeare conveys varied degrees of love within his play Twelfth Night, especially through his main characters. For instance, Lady Olivia appears to not have the ability to let go of the one she loves, Cesario and seems dreadfully desperate for him. Similarly, a very selfish love is revealed through the character Duke Orsino, who insists he can't love any other woman than the Lady Olivia when it is obvious that he enjoys being in love, instead of enjoying Olivia. On the contrary, Viola is in the position where, unlike Duke Orsino and Lady Olivia, she cannot confess her love for the Duke although she is the only one that is genuinely in love. Shakespeare uses his roles as resources to research and exhibit the diversities of love, and proves that everyone loves in different ways. Shakespeare uses Lady Olivia to display desperate and emotionally attached love, as she cannot allow her love, Cesario, leave her sight, nor her heart. Olivia wants to believe that she has a chance with Cesario, (a eunuch that is actually concealed) so she gives herself confidence. When Cesario simply sympathizes to Olivia’s confession of her love for him by stating, “I pity you” (3.1.113), it sounds like Olivia immediately replies, “That’s a degree to love”! (3.1.114). Olivia is so desperate for Cesario! Her apparently immediate answer shows that she'll take whatever Cesario says and will turn it around for her advantage to ensure in her mind, Cesario does love her. Similarly, Olivia does not want to allow Cesario leave as it pertains, which shows she's emotionally attached to him. In Act 1, Scene 5, Olivia and Cesario first.

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