The underlying theme of the comedy is the fickleness of love and the question about love. It is his feeling of friendship to Cesario Viola. She wears a dark veil, and she has vowed that no one will see her face for another seven years—and she refuses to marry anyone until then. No wonder that the girl is charmed with his bright personality. When came he to this town? Orsino, the Duke of Illyria, is consumed by his passion for the melancholy Countess Olivia. Yet, Viola loves him and has always loved him, which suggests that he must have some redeeming qualities. A polite and ingenious way of saying 'excuse my asking you to retire.
How dost thou like this tune? He is very aggressive, brave and has a penchant for taking risks. O, fellow, come, the song we had last night. From this point of view, Duke Orsino as all the other local characters, excluding Viola and Sebastian can be interpreted not like shallow but real people, but rather like the archetypical carnival masks, that exist to express not the whole personalities but feelings, emotions and states of mind. Away before me to sweet beds of flowers: Love-thoughts lie rich when canopied with bowers. Together, these two characters represent the two sides of theatrical performance: tragedy and comedy. You can fool no more money out of me at this throw: if you will let your lady know I am here to speak with her, and bring her along with you, it may awake my bounty further. Even though Olivia rejects all his protestations of love, and yet he still insists she marry him.
Give me now leave to leave thee. My father had a daughter loved a man, As it might be, perhaps, were I a woman, I should your lordship. He is not only self-indulgent, melodramatic, and self-absorbed, he is also as fickle as the moon. Once you see a text of Old or Middle English you'll really appreciate how easy Shakespeare is to understand well, relatively speaking. Then, at the end, because he finally recognizes true love and gives up his fantasies of love, he achieves wisdom and a state of grace, becoming the man his position requires - a ruler able to understand both power and mercy. See him deliver'd, Fabian; bring him hither.
His feelings of love for Olivia are so intense that he seems overwhelmed by his thoughts of her. Orsino is also shown to be unstable or changeable, as he wallow in the sentimental music, he eventually grows tired of it and tells the musicians to stop. From the very beginning his personality contrasts with strict and solemn Olivia. This touches on the theme of love that runs through the play and how desire and love can be so overwhelming that he feels as if he were drowning in it. Viola thinks Duke is hot and accidentally says that while disguised, but then shrugs it off. He diminishes her feelings, considering her mourning excessive and deciding to put an end to it, disregarding even the fact that Olivia can just possibly not like him personally. Be clamorous and leap all civil bounds Rather than make unprofited return.
In fact, it only acts a fuel to his passion. He is handsome, brave, courtly, virtuous, noble, wealthy, gracious, loyal and devoted — in short, he is everything a young lady could wish for in a husband. The count's gentleman, one Cesario: we took him for a coward, but he's the very devil incardinate. Ay, sir; we are some of her trappings. Although Viola was found and rescued, her brother, Sebastian, seems to have vanished in the storm.
Madam, I am most apt to embrace your offer. Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die. But that which does attract my soul is the wonderful beauty with which she has been adorned by nature; that miracle. She never told her love, But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, Feed on her damask cheek: she pined in thought, And with a green and yellow melancholy She sat like patience on a monument, Smiling at grief. He is very friendly to Viola in disguise and indeed he has lots of traits he can be loved for.
Thou shalt not be the worse for me: there's gold. Viola falls in love with Orsino, despite continuing to plead his case to Olivia. Through his relationship with Viola, we realize that true love is always near us, within our vicinity and right there in front of our eyes. Olivia and Orsino are, in fact more similar than they realise; the both spend their lives pining away for people that they cannot have. Well, he's powerful, passionate, self-centered, and just a tad moody.
Isn't Shakespeare also a love poet? It may be the excitement people get when they seek something forbidden or beyond their reach. That face of his I do remember well; Yet, when I saw it last, it was besmear'd As black as Vulcan in the smoke of war: A bawbling vessel was he captain of, For shallow draught and bulk unprizable; With which such scathful grapple did he make With the most noble bottom of our fleet, That very envy and the tongue of loss Cried fame and honour on him. The language that Shakespeare uses in the speech is, as usual important. So, props for that, but Orsino really needs to work on the content of his love musings, which consist of lots and lots of clichés. There's lots of evidence that says we shouldn't. O spirit of love, how quick and fresh are thou.