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What are the literary techniques used in this passage in Twelfth Night?


I left no ring with her. What means this lady? Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her! She made good view of me, indeed so much That sure methought her eyes had lost her tongue, For she did speak in starts distractedly. She loves me, sure! The cunning of her passion Invites me in this churlish messenger. reet. She doesn’t want Orsino’s ring! Orsino never sent her a ring. I’m the man she wants. If that’s true, which it is, she might as well be in love with a dream, the poor lady. Now I understand why it’s bad to wear disguises. Disguises help the devil do his work. It’s so easy for a good-looking but deceitful man to make women fall in love with him. It’s not our fault—we women are weak. We can’t help what we’re made of. Ah, how will this all turn out? My lord loves her, and. poor me, I love him just as much. And she’s deluded enough to be in love with me. What can possibly fix this situation? I’m pretending to be a man, so my love for the Duke is hopeless. And since I’m a woman—too bad I’m a woman—Olivia’s love for me is hopeless as well! Oh, only time can sort out this mess. I can’t figure it out by myself!


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Have you got this quote from a Shakespeare Made Easy site or something? It is clearly not the original. I would say that you might want to think about not relying exclusively on such versions and studying such guides as this alongside the original, as this will really help your comprehension of Shakespeare's language.

Anyway, this quote is said by Viola after her first meeting with Olivia and then after Malvolio has been sent after her with a ring, saying that Viola had left it with Olivia by accident. I would argue the main technique that is used in this passage is irony. Let us remember the hopeless situation that Viola finds herself in. She is in love with Orsino, but because she is disguised as a man, she is not able to declare that love. What is more, as Orsino's trusted servant, she is charged with declaring Orsino's love to Olivia, who now has fallen in love with her in her disguise as Cesario. The irony of this situation is immense, as Viola herself declares when she thinks about the situation she is in and how only time is able to untie this very complicated knot.


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