Love As A Cause Of Suffering In Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy in the age of Shakespeare. It portrays love and gender in a strange way which makes the play rather intriguing. Viola is a young woman in search of any work she can find. Knowing she is a woman it would be rather impossible for her to find work, she dresses as a man and begins as a page for the Duke. Proceeding her starting her new job with her new name “Cesario” she learns that Olivia is in love with her dressed up as a man. The problem being that the Duke is in love with Olivia and Viola is in love with the Duke. Love as a cause of suffering is shown in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night along with gender and social ambition.
Love as a cause of suffering is shown by Viola as she is dressed like a man. One of the opening quotes about love being something rather than comforting is when Orsino is talking to his servants “Love is not shown as a good or comforting thing in this play but they feel attacked. If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it that, surfeiting, the appetite may sicken and so die...Enough, no more, ’Tis not so sweet now as it was before. O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou that, notwithstanding thy capacity receiveth as the sea, naught enters there, Of what validity and pitch so e’er, But falls into abatement and low price even in a minute! So full of shapes is fancy that it alone is high fantastical.”(I.i.1–15). There is a love triangle between Orsino the Duke, Olivia, and Cesario, who is

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