William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night Essay

1252 Words Mar 4th, 2016 6 Pages
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 isn 't fully understood by the beloved, making the beloved unaware of the admirer 's deep and strong affection toward them or the cause of the beloved rejecting the admirers love. In Orsino’s case his love was cruelly rejected by his beloved Olivia. Before the rejection Orsino was a hopeless romantic using the metaphor to describe how his desire for Olivia saying it “Hounded him like a pack of vicious dogs” and how his first glance of her made the air a little sweeter and purer. “Why, so I do, the noblest that I have./ Oh, when mine eyes did see Olivia first,/ Methought she purged the air of pestilence./ That instant was I turned into a hart,/ And my desires, like fell and cruel hounds,/ E 'er since pursue me”. ( I. I. 17-22) Orsino…

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