William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night Essay

1032 Words Nov 14th, 2014 5 Pages
Life is a Tragedy

“Life is a tragedy full of happiness.” Romantic comedies are usually light and funny throughout the whole story, but Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night has a great deal of hurt in this play. Reading ‘Twelfth Night’ would make that believable. Twelfth Night is about twins who are separated in a shipwreck. The female twin, Viola, dresses up as a eunuch trying to woo, Olivia a countess, for the Duke, Orsino; who Viola fell in love with. Then when the twins find each other again they find themselves in a misunderstood situation. Romantic comedies are based on happiness with a little bit of tragedy added, but Twelfth Night is based on tragedy with some happiness added. Firstly, Shakespeare makes unrequited love a tragic sadness. Orsino is so depressed and desperate for the love of Olivia he will do anything to get over his love for her. This unrequited love differs from other romantic comedies because the characters are not usually this depressed or desperate. Secondly, Viola experiences so much pain thinking she had lost her brother, but typically death is not a part of romantic comedies. Thirdly, revenge is often a part of romantic comedies, but never goes as far as it did with Malvolio. Twelfth Night is full of happiness and laughter, but is based upon tragedy and hurt.

Unrequited love is a tragic sadness that can happen to anybody. In Twelfth Night Orsino is lovesick for Olivia, but she shows him no sign of affection. This hurts Orsino so badly that all he…

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