William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night Essay

1348 Words Feb 5th, 2016 6 Pages
While many people view love as a state of bliss and carefree enjoyment, those entangled in a hopeless situation yearn to escape its cruel grasp. When loves ensnares someone, he or she often acts uncontrollably and thinks delirious thoughts. Shakespeare explores the ridiculous responses to love through a hopeless love triangle in his play Twelfth Night. At the beginning of the play, Count Orsino of Illyria mopes around his home and pines for the grieving lady Olivia by sending messengers to her to express his feelings. Viola arrives on the island due to a shipwreck, and enters Orsino’s household as a servant under the disguise of a eunuch named Cesario. She begins to break Orsino out of his self-involved shell, but he never undergoes an obvious change. Orsino relates to Viola in a way that he never has to Olivia, diminishing his self-involvement. Strangely, he persists in his belief that he is in love with Olivia until the final scene, in spite of the fact that he never speaks to her during the entire play. Conclusively, Orsino seems out of touch with real emotion, as demonstrated by the ease with which he shifts his affections in the final scene—from Olivia to Viola. Despite the play’s happy ending in which the various lovers find one another and achieve wedded bliss, Shakespeare expresses that love often produces pain. Various characters claim to suffer painfully from being in love, or, rather, from the pangs of unanswered love. They view love as a curse, a feeling that…

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