Character Analysis Of The Duke Of Illyria

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“If music be the food of love, play on” (I.i 1)– the very first line uttered by Orsino, the Duke of Illyria essentially spoke of his character, being melodramatic and perhaps one of Shakespeare’s melancholiest characters in writing. His first verse consists of words such as “surfeiting”, “excess”, “sickening”, and “dying fall”, describes the Duke’s love for Olivia to the extent that should she fail to return his love, death would overtake him. Orsino’s complex personality is truly intriguing as he is often depicted as …show more content…

1-39). Here gluttony is portrayed in its finest as Orsino likens himself to a “king” intending to “fill” Olivia, his love came across as being glutinous. When Orsino tasks Cesario to deliver his “love” for Olivia, the act instead emphasizes the Duke’s cowardice and in turn associated with being phlegmatic. This is unsurprising as he later insists that Cesario “act his woes” towards Olivia (I.v.26) It is in this regards that unlike others, Orsino is rather unique as a character in that he does not fixate to a certain humor, but rather enjoys embodying and switching multiple humors at different times throughout the play. WRITE THE REFERENCE ABOUT HUMORS HERE

Orsino’s fickleness as one of his distinct personalities, carried on to Scene 4 when he requested an “alone time” with the page, Cesario. His thick description in elaborating Cesario’s feminine features in great detail, “That say though art a man; Diana’s lip is not more smooth and rubious: thy small pipe is as the maiden’s organ, shrill and sound” (I.v. 31-33), while knowing him to be a boy, suggests his attraction to the page brings question to his sexuality. Shakespeare was known to have subtlety incorporated the portrayal of same-sex relationships, physically or otherwise on stage, and this particular exchange is a

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