Twelfth Night Essay

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In Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night or What you Will, the characters are involved in a plot complete with trickery, disguise, and love. Each character is defined not by his or her gender or true identity, but by the role they are forced to take because of the complicated situation that arises. Unlike their gender, the speech the characters give an insight to their true personalities. In the Twelfth Night, the character Duke Orsino uses flowery and over-dramatic language, long poetic sentence structure, and melodramatic metaphors to display his overemotional romantic nature despite the different emotions in his various speeches. Duke Orsino’s repeated usage of poetical verse and poetic devices to describe his woes from love set him…show more content…
Enough no more!” (1.1.6-7). He accentuates his original metaphor by personifying music and comparing it to a breeze that carries the flowers odor with it. Until line 8, Orsino does not mention his love explicitly. Instead, he establishes the feeling of yearning by referring to symbols of love such as music and flowers. Orsino ends his long speech with, “Even in a minute, So full of shapes is fancy./ That it alone is high fantastical.” (1.1.14-15). By stating that love is a wonderful figment of imagination, Orsino reinforces the previous metaphorical and vague language he uses in the beginning of the speech. “That it [love] alone is high fantastical” (1.1.15) also shows that he is a true romantic because he is in love with the concept of love rather than the person themselves. Furthermore, he line, “…Enough no more!” (1.1.7) contradicts with the previous line, “Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,” (1.1.4) which proves that Orsino is very dramatic in character because he constantly vacillates in his actions and desires. He is emotionally unstable at times in the play and thus acquires a dramatic behavior.
In Act 5, Orsino delivers a speech to Olivia in order to express his broken heart and pine over his unreciprocated feelings. However, by drawing out the speech with allusions, excessive language, and metaphors, Shakespeare portrays Orsino as an overemotional and romance-driven character. Compared to Orsino’s first

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