Twelfth Night Essay - Megan Ewbank Mr Dodge English 10 16 February 2018 Many forms of entertainment usually have some sort of romance in the story

Twelfth Night Essay - Megan Ewbank Mr Dodge English 10 16...

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Megan EwbankMr. DodgeEnglish 1016 February 2018Many forms of entertainment usually have some sort of romance in the story, whether thegenre be action or adventure, a play or a musical, romances are one of the most searched for forms of entertainment. The same could be said for many of William Shakespeare's works. Twelfth Nightis more than just an older rom com, it is unique in the sense that it plays with the concept of gender and class. The play features Viola, a woman who dresses as a man to disguise herself after a shipwreck. Viola’s character helps the audience understand many motifs and lessons about love, status, privacy, and social expectations. The play argues that love is complicated and disrupted by public status and profitability, especially in the Elizabethan era, and that makes real love a private thing.Duke Orsino’s love towards Olivia is fake and showy, “O spirit of love!....O, then unfold the passion of my love.”(I, iv). Orsino says this in front of his court to proclaim his love for Olivia. All of Orsino’s declarations of love had been exaggerated and in front of an audience, a show to perform and to gain status. This does not mean that Orsino is bad, he is just acting how society expects him to act. Olivia is the only daughter of a Lord, and so whoever marries her getsmoney and land. In the Elizabethan era, marriage was treated more as a trade, about what you can gain, and what the status of the other person was. By making Orsino’s declarations of love so

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