Love And Shakespeare Essay

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Love and Shakespeare
The love theme in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is confusing but at the same time entertaining. The love triangle involving Viola, disguised as Cesario, is in love with Orsino. Orsino is in love with Olivia. Olivia, however, loves Cesario. Orsino tries to woo Olivia with the language of love; however, his many attempts fail because the heart cannot be controlled. Orsino, a man in love with love itself, is on a mission to win the heart of his current object of affection, the Lady Olivia. She, however, has somewhat different plans as she envisions herself married to the lovely Cesario. Shakespeare's beautiful sonnets 18 and 73 describe the changes in season and the passages of time that correlate with the play's main
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Shakespeare begins with, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? / Thou art more lovely and temperate: / Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, / And summer's lease hath too short a date . . ."(I-4). In sonnet 73, Shakespeare writes, "That time of year thou mayst in me behold / When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang / Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, / Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang," (1-4). Shakespeare wrote two different sonnets that referred to a change in weather. These comparisons are similar to those in Twelfth Night. The stormy weather brings confusion for Viola when she lands on Illyria. The calming of the weather in Twelfth Night resembles happiness and a new beginning just like the summer's day in sonnet 18.
Another similarity between the sonnets of Shakespeare and Twelfth Night is the comprehension of the one day dying. In sonnet 18, Shakespeare makes the reader come to the realization that even though the person will one-day die, they will never fade away from memory because they will live eternally through words. Shakespeare emphasizes that a person cannot live forever in his bodily form, but he surely will be alive in spirit so long as the poem lives. In Twelfth Night, Duke Orsino comes to comprehend that no matter how hard he tries, Lady Olivia is never going to change her feelings for him. This understanding comes after Orsino realizes that
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