William Shakespeare 's ' The Seven Deadly Sins '

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Johnson 's view pursues adequate accuracy within Shakespeare 's plays of comedy, in the aspect that 'human follies ' are ridiculed as outrageous, self-indulgent emotions as well as aspects within the Elizabethan society, including social superiority within gender and wealth. Inevitably, the seven deadly sins provide sharp mockery, exquisitely of pride, demonstrated by puritan characters. However, in significant contrast, the play displays intense juvenile acts of farce which strikingly oppose Johnson 's view.
Shakespeare manipulates characteristic stereotypes, with dysfunctional inversion, to highlight society’s shameful failure; lust. Shakespeare shuns this sin as a human folly, creating Orsino 's plot function to mock this trait within his self-absorbed persona. Orsino’s character, a physical oxymoron, demonstrates that love deteriorates masculinity. Orsino’s character is an established, noble duke; his masculine physique emphasises how demeaning such a distasteful trait can be. His physical nobility alienates his pathetic tendencies; he is most undeniably a rounded, psychologically complex character.
Orsino 's significance is witnessed during the play 's exposition, where we are introduced to significant characters and potential conflicts, 'If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it, that surfeiting, the appetite may sicken and so die ', (1.i.1-3) such bulimic demands for love, symbolised as food, demonstrates similarity to the sins gluttony and greed;…

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