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Unrequited Love

Relating Twelfth Night to other books and movies.

Hannah B

on 29 November 2012

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Unrequited Love Theme Unrequited love is when a person loves someone deeply, but the feelings aren’t returned. We see unrequited love in William Shakespeare’s play, Twelfth Night; in fact, there are many cases of it. Example #1 One of the main characters, Viola, loves the Duke Orsino, but because the duke believes that Viola is a man, he doesn’t love Viola back. Viola doesn’t want Olivia to love her, because she doesn’t want to betray the duke and she would hate to make the duke angry, considering the fact that she loves him just as much as he loves Olivia. Example #2 Instead the Duke is in love with the Countess Olivia. He sends all of his servants to her home to tell her how much he loves her, but he does that in vain, because Olivia doesn't love him. Duke and Olivia Olivia Duke Viola
(in disguise) Olivia has fallen in love with Cesario (Viola in disguise.) Olivia is so deeply in love with Cesario, that she wants to marry him. Example #3 Malcolm (Malvolio) Viola Olivia Sir Andrew also has strong feelings towards the Lady Olivia. He tries to woo her, a number of times, but is extremely unsuccessful. Example #4 "Let me love you!!!!" Andrew Toby Then there’s poor Malvolio, who loves Olivia as well, but is greatly deceived by Sir Toby and Maria. Malvolio is made to think that Olivia would return his feelings if he did ridiculous things, like wearing yellow, cross gartered stockings, and acting very arrogant towards the other servants. Acting like this backfires on Malvolio, actually causing Olivia to like him even less. Example #5 Book with a Similar Theme In the Notebook, by Nicholas Sparks, there is an old woman, who has lost her memory. In the book, the woman's husband comes to visit her, but she has no idea who he is, so she doesn't return the love that he gives her. In a certain part of the book, the older man is talking to his kids and grand kids. They all want him to come home and to leave their mom/grandma, because she doesn't remember them anyway. but he says, "Look guys… that's my sweetheart in there. I'm not leaving her. This is my home now. Your mother is my home." So even though the older woman doesn't return his feelings, he refuses to leave. Much like Viola refuses to leave the Duke, when he sends her away, after hearing about the wedding between Olivia and Sebastian. Another example of unrequited love: What Viola is really thinking: This is similar to the love that Viola gives the duke, in Twelfth Night. Viola loves the duke, but the duke can't love her because he believes that she's a man. The old man loves the woman, but she can't return the feelings because she doesn't remember him. Old Woman:Why did you call me darling? I don't know you. What's going on here? Am I supposed to know you? Old Man: sweetheart. Old Woman: No, no, no! Old Man: I love you, stay with me, don't leave... Old Woman: No! Who are you? Old Man: I'm your husband, I'm your husband and you're my wife. Old Woman: What do you want? What are you doing here? Old Man: Come on, baby. Old woman: Don't come near me! Movie with the same theme Beauty and the Beast Beauty and the Beast, is one of many Walt Disney classic movies, made in 1991. It is based on a young girl named Belle. She is looking for something greater in life than what she has now, looking for her own fairy tale ending. In the little village where she lives, a man named Gaston tries to get Belle to fall I love with him. Clearly Belle does not love Gaston back. She thinks he is handsome but is repulsed by the way he acts towards her and others. In the movie another theme of unrequited love appears. When her father was locked up by the beast, Belle went to save him and traded herself for her father’s freedom. This intrigued the beast and he decided that it would be best. The beast thinks his curse had finally come to an end with Belle by his side but he is terribly mistaken. The father being thrown out without one last goodbye to Belle made her upset. She refused to accept the beast grand gesture to dinner. Sick of his attitude she stayed in her room until he was gone. Gaston tries to get Belle one more time. When he tries to get her back, her love has been taken by the beast. He is defeated and left all to his lonesome. Gaston tries to get Belle one more time. When he tries to get her back, her love has been taken by the beast. He is defeated and left all to his lonesome. This movie relates to the Twelfth Night in the way that Gaston likes Belle just like Sir Andrew likes Olivia. The love Sir Andrew has towards Olivia is a one way street .Sir Andrew may love Olivia but she does not love him. For the beast and Belle though it is more like Viola and the Duke. Viola loves the Duke and the Duke has underline feelings for Viola then when he found out who she truly was he figured out his true feelings.
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