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William Shakespeare 's The Twelfth Night

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Unrelenting Love Far from an unfamiliar concept, love can be seen throughout time by tracing its countless strings in stories of ancient gods and goddesses to modern fairytales. As such a timeless and endless subject, society continues redefining, reanalyzing, and recasting it as humanity deciphers its many facets. The resulting interpretations appear in some of history’s greatest artworks, in forms of musical compositions, paintings, or dramas. Shakespeare explores his own view of love throughout the comedic Twelfth Night, with its many love conflicts and subplots. Set in Elizabethan times, the play contradicts the common belief of a set hierarchy that controls the universe. The hierarchy begins with God, filtering down through celestial objects, man, animals, plants, and ending at elements. Each of the four distinct levels contains a primate, a head among the group running along the border of the next rather than inside of it. These positions and the levels themselves develop from the balance of elements. The more perfectly the elements mix, the higher they are in the pecking order and the less prone they are to decay. Shakespeare, instead of depicting his characters to follow this hierarchy, allows them to break social norms of the time in the name of love. Through the quickly knotting ties between those of the love triangle, Shakespeare surmises that love surpasses any limitations. Orsino continuously faces dead ends regarding Olivia, yet, allows none to hinder him
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