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Viola at William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Essay

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Viola at William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Viola has a fantastic relevance of "Twelfth Night" because she alone helps reveal other main characters' personalities that would've otherwise been hidden. Viola who's disguised as Cesario had the best impact in showing Orsino's and Olivia's true natures that were hidden behind their melodramatic and self-involved behaviour. Her powerful qualities of being direct, friendly and honest permit her to form intimate relationships with the both. In only "but three times" in his ceremony, Viola (as Cesario) has formed a close relationship with Duke Orsino. "I have unclasped to thee the book even of my secret soul", Orsino says to her. He uses this metaphor of being an unclasped publication to explain that like an unlocked publication he has opened up to Viola into his "secret soul". Before meeting Viola, Orsino appears to be incredibly self-absorbed in his obvious unrequited love for Olivia while he mopes around on "sweet beds of flowers". It's evident that his ideas were all based about himself and no one else. However, as his close emotional bond with Viola develops, Orsino begins to change and reveal he can be sympathetic and caring for another person. And in this way, his connection with Viola has taught and transformed him into a somewhat more likeable personality. For example, when Viola explains about her literary sister (who is a description of her), Orsino becomes so involved in the story that he forgets about wooing Olivia for a moment. This shows that in comparison to his old self-absorbed self, he's learnt how to care for Viola's story as though it were as important...

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