Most of the story is about love. Most of the characters spend most of their time trying to woo each other. The romantic love is very much like the Elizabethan attitudes to love, sex and marriage. What I mean is that some people just had sex for their enjoyment which was frowned upon, but some people believe that sex should be after marriage and really only to reproduce. ‘Courtly love’ was developed. This effected European literature from about the twelfth century onward. The treatment of others is very much about revenge.
Many of the characters wanted revenge for the way they had been treated earlier in the story. This is where my sympathies revolve around because many people get hurt. During the whole of this story Viola (Cesario) is falling more and more in love with Orsino. She begins to fall in love with Orsino at his place and along the coast when she realizes how passionate Orsino can be about love. She realizes how passionate he is when he says ” if music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die.
That strain again, it had a dying fall; O it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound that breathes upon a bank of violets, stealing and odour. Enough; no more. ’tis not so sweet now a it was before. O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou, that, notwithstanding thy capacity, receive as the sea. Nought enter there, of what validity and pitch soe’er, but falls into abatement and low price even in a minute. So full of shapes is fancy, that it alone is high fantastical. ” Viola finds this very romantic and she feels as thou she wants to be Olivia.
Also in act 1 scene 4 Orsino and viola are taking a walk along the coastline. Orsino reveals all his deep feelings to Viola, which she finds very romantic. He also praises the disguised viola’s feminine appearance and personality. Olivia falls for Cesario during the story. She begins to fall for Cesario (Viola) in and around Olivia’s house. Olivia enjoys the presents of Cesario and bonds very well with him. She asks him if he is a comedian when he says, “I can say little more than I have studied, and that questions out of my part.
Good gentle one, give me modest assurance if you be the lady of the house, that may proceed in my speech. ” Olivia is beginning to enjoy his presents a lot more when he comments on her beauty by saying, “Make me a willow cabin at your gate, and call upon my soul within the house; write royal cantons of contemned love, and sing them loud even in the dead of night; hallow your name to the reverberate hills, and make the babbling gossip of the air cry out ‘Olivia! ‘ o you should not rest between the elements of and earth but you should pity me! As Cesario leaves Olivia asks Malvolio to hurry after him and give him a ring to show her love for him.
No one really loves Malvolio, but he has self-love. A good example is in Olivia’s garden where he finds a letter written by Maria but looks very similar to Olivia’s handwriting. Malvolio believes it straight away because of his self-love. He believes he is much higher then everyone else, therefore he believes he is much closer to her. He puts on an act the whole time he is serving Olivia. After reading the letter he goes to Olivia believing all that it said in the letter.
He makes a mockery of himself in front of her, and Olivia asks Maria to see to him as she thinks he is mad. Malvolio is also lonely and he doesn’t really help himself being puritanical and spoiling everyone’s fun. In this story people fall in love so fast you need to really ask yourself if it really love? I think this love is more love at first sight. The other part of the story, which revolves around treatment of others. This is where my sympathies for many of the characters are introduced. Malvolio is someone who doesn’t treate others with respect who are much higher ranked.
For example in act 2 scene 3, sir Toby, Sir Andrew and Feste are all up. They are drunk and making a lot of noise. Malvolio goes down stairs amd says, ” Masters, are you mad? Or what are you? Have you no wit, manners, nor honesty but to gabble like tinkersat this time of night? ” This shows no respect, it also shows his puritanical side because he is a puritan and puritans are people who look upon pleasure as sinful. His treatment to others is also has something to do with self-love. He believes he is one of the highest people in olivia’s household.
Olivia is the only person he respects, not just because hes her servant but he also loves her. In act 2 scene 5 he fell into a trick set by sir Toby and his acompleces, sir Andrew and Maria. This is where I begin to sympathise for him because sir Toby is planning many more tricks which would destroy Malvolio, they will not stop until they are bored and for his penance. Sir Andrew all through the story is very foolish and makes a mockery of himself. Sir Andrew is a very wealthy man and is told to stay round after a number of occasions he trys to leave.
The reason sir Toby wants Sir Andrew to stay is because he wants Sir Andrew to marry Olivia so he gets part of his wealth. There is no chance of him marrying and in act 5 when sir Toby calls him a gull, Sir Andrew is distrout. I feel so very sorry for him because he has been led on has tried so hard for Olivia’s love. At the beginning of the story sir Toby was funny, bordy and really the life and soul. He was always getting drunk. He always enjoyed having fun with Feste and Sir Andrew who he pretended to like.
Later in the story sir Toby is becoming very nasty using cold calculated words to certain people. After carrying out certain tricks and using cold calculated words, I begin to really start hating sir Toby and it has been a shock to me in the way he has changed. In the last few pages of the book, Feste is singing a song. The song is telling us not to take any of this seriously because its only fun, which is different to what, I thought. I believe this is not just a comedy but a black comedy because of all the laughing at other people’s expence. This story is also about human nature and it makes you think.