Twelfth Night Triangles

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Love triangles. They’re complicated and quite messy, as shown in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In Twelfth Night, twins Viola and Sebastian of Messaline are separated by a shipwreck, and both land in Illyria, but still separated, believing the other is dead. Meanwhile, Duke Orsino is attempting to win over his crush, Lady Olivia, but she’ll have none of him since her brother died and she vows to mourn him for seven years, whilst avoiding everyone except her servants during such time. Viola disguises herself as a man, under the pseudonym Cesario, and joins Duke Orsino’s court. Orsino sends Cesario to woo Olivia for him, but upon meeting each other, Olivia falls in love with Cesario, not realizing Cesario is actually a woman. Whilst…show more content…
As an example, she says, “[aside] O, what a deal of scorn looks beautiful/ In the contempt and anger of his lip” (III.i.152-153). Here, she says that even though Cesario is mad at her for not accepting who he is, and wanting him to be what she wants him to be, (although it isn’t specified exactly what that is) she still finds him beautiful in his contempt and anger. This quote shows her intense love for him because she sees him in a positive light no matter what he’s doing or feeling. She loves him unconditionally, and intends to tell him so in the rest of the soliloquy. In addition, Olivia also says, “I love thee so, that, maugre all thy pride,/ Nor wit nor reason can my passion hide” (III.i.159-160). Here, she says that despite how clever she is, her love for Cesario can no longer be hidden. It shows her affection for him because, through the melancholy of losing her brother, she broke her promise of avoiding people in order to mourn him because of her intense love for Cesario. In spite of all Cesario’s pride, no sort of reason or caution could hide her love. It, again, shows her attitude of adoration because nothing that anybody could do or say could hide her fondness of
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