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Theme Of Love In Twelfth Night

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Love in Twelfth Night.
Twelfth Night explores the various representations of love that are universal to the human experience.

In the play Twelfth Night, written by William Shakespeare, covers three types of love, Lust, true love and superficial. Love is one of the most confusing and most misunderstood emotions that we as humans possess. Love is an extremely diverse emotion and allows for multiple opinions on what it truly is which is why it was used as the main topic in twelfth night.
True love is extremely different than the other types of love, and was certainly present throughout the play. True love is obviously one of the strongest forms of love and is an extremely powerful emotion that one would perhaps do many things for.
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A quote from Orsino proves that this is the case, “O when mine eyes did see Olivia first, me thought she purged the air of pestilence.” This quote in simple terms means that when Orsino first saw Olivia he felt that she made the world perfect and this was someone he wanted to marry, but Orsino did not know Olivia’s personality and only liked her because of her looks and wealth which means that what Orsino was feeling is lust. Lust is when a person is attracted to somebody purely off attraction rather than true feelings and does not even consider the person’s morals and mannerisms. Shakespeare was attempting to show that this type of love is not real love and purely for one to use someone else for wealth and or pleasure.
Brotherly love can be defined as feelings of friendship and compassion, with no sexual interactions an example in twelfth night of this is between Antonio and Sebastian the two are really good friends who will do anything for each other and do care for each other and this is shown when Antonio agrees to accompany him on his journey to Illyria even though he is already a target in Illyria because of a past arrest is risking danger by going with him, but still goes. A quote that proves this is “I have many enemies in Orsino's court, else would I very shortly see thee there, but come what may, I do adore thee so, that danger shall seem sport, and I will go,” This shows that even though there is danger for Antonio on going, he risks it in
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