. He refuses to hunt and orders musicians to entertain him while he thinks about his desire for Olivia. Though he rules with an iron rod, and everybody fears him, Olivia is not in the least bit scared of him, maybe because she also comes from a noble family. If we treat the characters this way and not through the prism of modern morals and ethics, we may enjoy the comedy so wholeheartedly as the audience of the times of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare gives us an interesting plot within this play which leaves us with many questions that may never be answered. In the meantime, however, she needs to find a way to support herself in this strange land. Fools calculate their words very carefully, which makes them wise despite what their occupation implies.
Duke Orsino and Viola stand out from the other relationships. GradeSaver, 17 July 2000 Web. Sebastian himself is saved by Antonio, and the two become fast friends. They are twins, so as other characters see them, their confusion rises, and more conflicts occur. The statement also leaves the audience a back door to a possible aspiring love relationship. He is a sort of mid-play replacement for Feste, taking part in the plots against Malvolio with Sir Toby and Sir Andrew. She is not quite as involved in wordplay as Feste or Maria, preferring not to quibble about less significant facts; this is perfectly displayed in her conversation with Viola, in which Olivia prefers to address the more important aspects of the situation, and diffuse Viola's argument as best she can.
In fact, when it comes to Olivia the old duke is as brittle as glass. Cesario unintentionally wins over the love of Olivia while trying to convince her to love and marry Orsino. The mere fact that Orsino trusts Cesario with his message of love is a transition from a stranger to a friend. Orsino: And what's her history? One facet of this is gender — the main protagonist Viola presents as male for most of the play. The play's opening scene gives us our first gander at the Duke and we think this opening passage tells us a whole lot about his character.
Viola admits to Olivia that she is someone who cannot, and will not love another woman. She knows that Olivia is falling for her and feels bad because she is not who Olivia believes she is. They play on his vanity and his pride by convincing him that Olivia loves him, and getting him to act foolish in front of her. He does not love Lady Olivia, he only loves her money Pd. She has felt something for him since the very beginning of the play when she was pretending to be Cesario. Before meeting Viola, Orsino speaks poetically but somewhat artificially about his love for Olivia; after he meets Viola, he gets right to the point, disclosing to her the extent of his affections, and his plans to woo her. In Olivia's first encounter with Viola, her somewhat self-righteous shows of mourning are dropped, as Olivia must use her wit and plain speech in order to deal directly with Viola.
But he also gives his audience a love interest which is surprising. She never told her love, But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,. This becomes obvious in his opening dialogue at the beginning of the play. The play is sometimes regarded as having an Italian or Mediterranean setting at least because of the Italianate names used for some of the characters. He has stated truths in Twelfth Night that are very wise but concealed as things he says because he is a fool. Before, Viola was Orsino's servant and Olivia loved her as Cesario.
No one seems to listen to her, thus causing many misunderstandings, odd occurring, and mysterious acts between the characters. Ultimately, Orsino and Olivia seem to be out of touch with real emotion, as demonstrated by the ease with which they shift their affections in the final scene—Orsino from Olivia to Viola, and Olivia from Cesario to Sebastian. Still, despite his selfishness and even shallowness, Duke suddenly appears capable of the really deep feelings. He says that he saw Sebastian trying to keep afloat by tying himself to a broken mast. He introduces Viola early in the play; but as the play continues, Viola pretends to be a man and thus turns into Cesario. In fact, it only acts a fuel to his passion.
He is finally locked up in a dark place, and tormented by Feste; in the last act, he comes forward and tells of his ordeal, and swears revenge on everyone involved, having not learned any lessons. The character traits are mostly positive: Duke is generous, noble and joyful, though a bit too selfish. When she promises to pay him well, the captain agrees to help her, and they go off together in order to find a disguise for her. As a shipwrecked orphan who has no one to protect her, she must resort to some means whereby her safety is assured. Viola also has a native intelligence, an engaging wit, and an immense amount of charm. They both were passionate for what they wanted and what they wanted was what they could not have which makes them both want it more. Later, he has supposedly had some issues with Malvolio somehow, and must be found so that Viola may reclaim her female clothes and possessions.
That forever she would be live this double life because that is what her husband wants. It is funny because we can even add a forth into this love triangle and make it a love square! This disguised has caused confusion for characters throughout the play, beginning with Olivia's love for Cesario, and becomes a conflict for Viola as she tries to keep her gender a secret without getting into trouble for being pursued by Olivia. It's fun to make fun of Orsino trust us, Shakespeare wants us to , but there's at least one character who takes him seriously and that's Viola. The only real noticeable difference between the two is that they are opposite sexes. First Officer, Second Officer These two recognize Antonio as having committed crimes against Orsino, and arrest him. This is not a compliment — Feste implies that Orsino is temperamental and unstable.