Twelfth Night Viola Analysis

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In the play, Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare viola survives a shipwrecked where she was separated from her twin brother, not knowing if he is dead or alive, in Illyria. Being as resourceful as viola is she decides to cross dress as a man and take a job at Duke Orinos court. This shows that viola is able to adapt to different things. She had a well-orchestrated plan in a foreign place, and that she is a strong character. “O, then unfold the passion of my love, Surprise her with discourse of my dear faith: It shall become thee well to act my woes; She will attend it better in thy youth Than in a nuncio 's of more grave aspect.” (1.4.25) This quote shows when duke Orsino asks viola to get Olivia to fall in love with him. Viola being Cesario …show more content…
Even though she loves the duke, she still went about her job and started convincing Olivia to love Orsino. Even when Olivia reveals that she is in love with Cersario, which is really Viola, viola doesn’t use this as bait to try and get the duke for her self. This shows that Viola is willing to sacrifice her love For Orsino and convince Olivia to love the duke even though she felt pain. “Make me a willow cabin at your gate And call upon my soul within the house, Write loyal cantons of contemnèd love, And sing them loud even in the dead of night; Hallow your name to the reverberate hills, And make the babbling gossip of the air Cry out ’Olivia!’ O, you should not rest between the elements of air and earth but you should pity me.” (1.5.237) After this speech Cesario was supposed to give a message to Olivia but instead tells her what he would do if he were in love with her. This quote is significant in the book because this makes Olivia ultimately fall in love with “Cesario” instead of Orsino. Even though viola wasn’t necessarily manipulative on purpose she still convinced Olivia to fall in love with

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