Extract Of A* Exemplar: When Is Self Love Shown In Twelfth Night?
Date : 22/12/2017
There are traits of self-love and self-deceit evident in Orsinos character, however I am reluctant to believe he is the principle character to parade these human follies. Instead the plays debatable antagonist, Malvolio, is the epitome of egocentricity and self-deceit and is thereby used to satirise Puritanism in the play.
The distant and exotic setting of Illyria is far from actual reality, making it an appropriate environment for comic exploration of the human mind. Twelfth Night shows a number of variations on the theme of love, abiding by the conventions of comedy, particularly around the difference between selfish and selfless love. The presence of excessive self love in the play was made clear by Peter Gill`s production of the play at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1974, where the stage was dominated by a mural of the renowned image from Greek mythology of the proud Narcissus gazing infatuatedly at his reflection in the water.
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