The Different Types Of Love Present In Shakespeare Play, Twelfth Night. Shakespeare Twelfth Night

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Shakespeare's comedy, 'Twelfth Night', is not only about tricks, pranks or black humour; moreover, it's deeply about love and different types of love and how they affect different personalities. The different types of love mentioned by Shakespeare in 'Twelfth Night' are: True love, boasting love, self-love and friendship.'Twelfth Night' consists of many love triangles and the different characters involved in the triangles don't end up with the ones they love or even their love makes them blind to see that the person they love is their same gender! An ideal example of true love is Viola's love for Orsino. She falls in love with Orsino at first sight of him; however, she has disguised herself as a man and as she is unknown in Illyria she finds it very difficult to express her love to the Duke directly; although, she always hints him that she is a woman and loves him a lot during the play."Viola: To woo your lady. [Aside] Yet a barful strife!Whoe'er I woo, myself would be his wife.Viola is a true lover because she is very sincere to Orsino throughout the play; moreover, obediently carries out Orsino's orders to woo Olivia; she tells Olivia what genuine love really is like and she is willing to die for love.There was another true love situation; however, this time Viola was on the receiving end. Viola was given the job to woo Olivia, it went completely wrong and Olivia started to have affection for Viola instead. Olivia thinks very highly of her: 'Is't not well done?' Olivia didn't know that Viola was a woman; however, Viola knew what a woman would like to hear from a lover; therefore, Olivia fell in love with Viola. Olivia equates love with sickness."Olivia: Even so quickly may one catch the plague."Viola was in a very difficult situation to tackle; either she could tell everyone that she is a woman but that would eliminate the chances to get Orsino to love Viola. Viola hopes time will solve her problem. She faces a lot of troubles and unhappiness when Olivia falls in love with her."Viola: O time, thou must untangle this, not I;It is too hard a knot for me t'untie."There is also another true love situation: love between Viola and Sebastian. Viola loves her brother a lot and thinks that she has lost him in the ship wreck which she survived and mourns for her; moreover, Sebastian thinks the same and mourns for her too. Olivia also has lost her brother but she forgets about him when she falls in love with Viola."Viola: O my poor brother! And so perchance he may be."Sebastian: ...she bore a mind that envy could not but call fair.The second type of love in 'Twelfth Night' is false love (not true love). Orsino's love for Olivia is perfect example of 'false love'. Orsino claims that he fell in love with Olivia at first sight. Orsino is given a very unique tone or language (by Shakespeare) which clearly speaks out that his love for Olivia is false."Orsino: Why so I do, the noblest that I have,O when mine eyes did see Olivia first,That instant I was turned...

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