William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night And Sheridan 's The Rivals

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The theme of ‘love’ is central to the attitudes in both Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and Sheridan’s ‘The Rivals’. Both playwrights highlight the different kinds of love and portray these through each character’s experience with the emotion. In both plays, the complexity of love is embodied by deception which demonstrates how easily our feelings can be manipulated, which is also conveyed through comedy. Shakespeare mocks the main character’s idea’s of love by showing how the devotion that connects siblings and servants to masters prove more constant than any of the romantic bonds amongst the other characters. Throughout this piece I am going to discuss not only the techniques that are used to present the theme of love, but also how both playwrights present the different kinds of love and the impacts they can have. Many of the characters in ‘Twelfth Night’ experience some form of love, be it true love, false love, or friendship. False love is experienced by the characters who are infatuated only with the idea of love itself. False love is reduced to absurdity in order to intensify the significant power of true love. Duke Orsino is one of the characters in ‘Twelfth Night’ who experiences false love. Orsino speaks the first line of the play,
“If music be the food of love, play on.”
These sentiments spoken in the conditional tense align erotic desire with a craving for food, and establishes Orsino as an extravagant lover. The imperative “Give me excess of it” highlights…

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