Essay on Duke Orsino in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
The curtain of Twelfth Night rises with Duke Orsinofs very first speech: gIf music be the food of love, play on ch which shows his characteristics clearly. Orsino is restless, dissatisfied, vacillating between moods, with a mind full of …show more content…
The gtrue loveh of Orsino, the queen of his fancy, is Viola for sure. Although Violafs masculine disguise seems to hinder her from expressing her love to Orsino, this disguise actually helps her to win Orsinofs heart at the end. Through the man-to-man conversation between her (as a gheh) and Orsino, on the one hand, Viola gets the chance to see into Orsinofs mind. On the other hand, Orsino does not have to hide anything in front of Viola|he can not only tell her how he passionately loves Olivia but also his attitude toward women and youth, which he may never tell Olivia. Such a relaxed and openhearted confession, as we can see very clearly, leads to Orsinofs unconscious attachment to Viola.
For Orsino, Viola is not only a faithful listener, but also a teacher. It is Viola who wakes him up from