The Pain And Suffering Of "Twelfth Night" By William Shakespeare

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When Orsino sends Viola-Cesario to woo Olivia in his name, he does not think any more of it. When Viola-Cesario goes to woo Olivia for her master Orsino, she starts to woo her using the first person, referring to ‘me’ and ‘I’, under Olivia’s request. She continues using the first person throughout this wooing, where she tells of Olivia’s beauty and her person through her perspective instead of Orsino’s. This wooing becomes vital to the plot and the theme of love throughout the play, because this wooing causes Olivia to fall in love with Viola-Cesario instead of the Duke Orsino. This could be due to the request of Olivia asking Viola-Cesario to “tell me your mind.” (Shakespeare I.v.204) When Viola-Cesario woos Olivia, Olivia become smitten with Viola in her disguise of Cesario, while Viola believes that her wooing helps her master Orsino. This wooing becomes essential to the theme of love because Olivia falls for Viola-Cesario; however, the pain from this love does not come until the end when Viola’s identity is revealed. Olivia is then left puzzled and upset because she believed that Cesario was a real person, when in fact, it was Viola playing Cesario and she has married Viola’s twin brother Sebastian. All of the confusion causes the pain that Olivia feels from her love of Cesario because the Cesario that had told her all of the beautiful things was not the man she married and the one who told her all of those things turned out to be a woman. Along with this pain from the realization, she continues to feels a slight pain throughout the play because Cesario will not accept her love and pushes her away, ironically, like she pushes Orsino’s love or her away.
Orsino’s final speech in the play comes after Olivia has revealed that she has married another man, who we find out to be ‘Cesario’ who actually is Sebastian, Viola’s twin brother. In this speech, Orsino shows the pain he feels from this since Olivia chose someone else over him when he has been trying everyway possibly to gain her attention. He continues to vent for a while and then tells Viola-Cesario to follow him out the door, but Olivia reveals that Viola-Cesario is her husband and then Orsino becomes inflicted with more pain, but of betrayal. Following this speech from Orsino, Viola reveals herself and then everyone realizes what has happened, but they are still puzzled about the situation. This speech from Orsino can possibly show the disappearance of his love for Olivia and prepare for the revelation of Viola and his immediate love for her through the speech’s slower pace compared to other speech throughout the play. The slower paced, even more legato, speech shows the Duke’s pain and suffering of his love for Olivia vanishing because now he has Viola and he becomes determined to marry her instead of Olivia.
Throughout the play, the characters refer to love as many different things that describe love, specifically love their love, to them. The metaphors that they use in the play...

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