Twelfth Night Unrequited Love Analysis

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aving to experience the rejection of love can be very painful and devastating for one who has had a deep desire towards their beloved. In the Play Twelfth Night by Williams Shakespeare we experienced first hand the effect of unrequited love and the impact it has on characters, such as Orsino. A theme portrayed in the play is the affects of love as the cause of suffering. While Orsino is characterized as a hopeless romantic we are quick to see how he transforms and develops as a character in the play and how this development affects their attitude toward love itself.
When we speak of Unrequited love the first thought may be “What exactly does it mean?”. Well in the play Twelfth Night Orsino experienced Unrequited love, a one-sided love that
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He uses the metaphor comparing Cesario to a Screw driver saying that he is “the instrument/ That screws me from my true place in your favor” He then immediately threatens to take Cesarios life because if he can’t have Oliva, then she won’t be able to have the one she truly loves.“I’ll sacrifice the lamb that I do love/ To spite a raven’s heart within a dove” (V. I. 127-128) because he compares Olivia to a beautiful dove, but her heart is as cold as a raven’s. Orsino then proceeds to tell Olivia that since she has denied his love for her and he knows who she loves he will get rid of the “problem” “Since you to nonregardance cast my faith,/ And that I partly know the instrument/ That screws me from my true place in your favor,/ Live you the marble-breasted tyrant still./ But this your minion, whom I know you love,/ And whom, by heaven I swear, I tender dearly,/ Him will I tear out of that cruel eye/ Where he sits crowned in his master’s spite./ Come, boy, with me. My thoughts are ripe in mischief:/ I’ll sacrifice the lamb that I do love/ To spite a raven’s heart within a dove”. (V. I. 117-128) Orsino knows that threatening to take Cesarios life will devastate and leave Olivia in heartbreak, like she has done for him, so he will take Cesario away from her because he can’t have her

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