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Is there any duality within the character Orsino from Twelfth Night?

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ardworka | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2007 at 2:35 AM via web

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Is there any duality within the character Orsino from Twelfth Night?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 15, 2007 at 2:59 AM (Answer #1)

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An interesting question. I would say yes.

On one hand, he is this highly romanticized lover. He's drifty, listens to music and poetry, and sighs about women.

On the other hand, he is a duke, and can act quickly and decisively. We see this mainly in Act V.

That's somewhat of a dualism.

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