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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Essay

1820 words - 8 pages

Doesn't everyone want someone to love, someone to care for you as much as you care for him or her. Someone who will keep you company in lonely times or who will act as if your brains are tuned into the same wavelength. Share an inseparable bond and grow old with. Love is a very powerful emotion and can be misused because it is thrown around too casually, and be swept up in it very quickly like Viola is with Orsino when she says,” Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions and spirit, Do give thee five-fold blazon: not too fast:
soft, soft!
Unless the master were the man. How now!
Even so quickly may one catch the plague?” (1.5.48).
Love can be many things; confusing, happy, and painful. Love isn't always straightforward; lust and love are usually mixed up. Its not always full of joy, it can hurt when love isn't returned like in William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, he expresses that love can be painful because the characters in the play feel as if love is a curse put upon them. He does this through the use of imagery with the ocean being a metaphor of life, symbolism with the clothes and changing in gender, and dramatic irony with everyone falling in love with facades.
The ocean seems endless when you look out into it, just as you feel when you're in love. William Shakespeare uses the imagery when explaining the vastness of the ocean. He describes how the ocean is mystical and full of powers and hope. In the novel, Viola and Sebastian get ship wrecked and she later on gains hope that her brother is still alive when mistaken for Sebastian, proving the ocean full of unknown magic. “He named Sebastian. I my brother know yet living in my glass; even such and so In favor was my brother, and he went still in this fashion, color, ornament for him I imitate. O if it prove tempest are kind, and salt waves fresh in love” (3.4.330-35). Viola is speaking very highly of the ocean and its “salt waves fresh in love”. The sea is described as both god and devil. The ocean starts out as a huge storm of terror and destruction that shipwrecks the twins, Viola and Sebastian, and leaves them believing each other is dead. The sea later becomes describes as hope. Hope for the survival of the other twin and the chance that the ocean works in mysterious and magical ways to reunite them again.
Orsino says his passion is “all as hungry as the sea” (2.4.101). What he is trying to convey is that a person is just a huge storm of emotion, feeling, and sensation. A human soul is unlimited like the ocean that is stirred by these “storms of passion”. Shakespeare had lived during a time of great expansion and exploration; during his time a great deal of geographical knowledge was being acquired. The setting of his plays were thought to be on a world that was mostly covered with water, explaining the imagery used to explain the vastness of the sea.
Shakespeare also uses imagery to convey darkness where Malvolio is kept after accused of being insane. His cell is described as...

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