Orsino and Olivia are the alike in that both of them are playing a role of emotion that has been, at least in part, scripted for them by others. Orsino is playing the role of the courtly lover, longing from afar. Olivia is playing the perfect mourner, scheduling her time of weeping. In this both of them experience emotion, but almost for its own sake, and they seem to act as if they can manipulate...
Orsino and Olivia are the alike in that both of them are playing a role of emotion that has been, at least in part, scripted for them by others. Orsino is playing the role of the courtly lover, longing from afar. Olivia is playing the perfect mourner, scheduling her time of weeping. In this both of them experience emotion, but almost for its own sake, and they seem to act as if they can manipulate emotion.
They are, however, fairly different in some aspects of their emotions. The most obvious way is that Olivia is blindsided by desire, so much so that she seems knocked off balance. She openly desires Viola (in disguise). Orsino, by contrast, proposes to Viola, but never really seems consumed by desire the way Olivia is.
William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Essay examples
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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
The final act is a simple scene in this romantic Shakesperian comedy. It brings together all the threads of the storyline the plots, mistakes and confusions. It shows Cesario (Viola) being accused of deception, lies and acts of violence by a number of others including Orsino, Olivia, Sir Andrew Aguecheek and Antonio.
The scene is set outside Olivia's house. It begins with Feste (the fool) and Fabian negotiating with each other over Fabian being allowed to see the letter.
The arrival of Orsino with his entourage including Cesario (viola). Allows the audience to observe the Duke is expressing his frustration with the lack of progress in his efforts to win…show more content…
Olivia says "Ay me detested! How am I beguiled? Tempers flare and the tension mounts. Cesario expresses his shock at Violas comments. Olivia reminds Viola of their recent marriage to a baffled Cesario . Olivia calls for the priest to be brought before her to confirm the marriage. "A contract of eternal bond of love confirmed by mutual joiner of your hands arrested by the holy close of lips, strengthened by interchangement of your rings, and all the ceremony of this compact seated in my functoion by my testimony." Stated the priest. Orsino becomes angry with Cesario accusing him of double-dealing. He threatens to kill him to spite Olivia. The humiliation of being rejected by Olivia is more than he can bear. One minute he talks of love the next of murder, how quickly emotions can change. (The audience is left to wonder is the Duke a foolish fickle man?)
The tension is now raising will Orsino respond to the revelation by hurting Cesario as he threatened to do.
Next we see the arrival of Sir Andrew at Olivia's house he appears to have sustained some injuries to his body. On seeing Ceserio he accuses him of causing the injuries Cesario again denies the accusation made against him not Knowing that Sir Andrew is mistaking Cesario for Sebastian. Sir Andrew says of Cesario "He is the very devil incordinate."
Temporarily the focus of the story