What satire can be found in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?
Twelfth Night is predominantly a satire of the ideas of love professed by and made popular by the Medieval poet Francesco Petrarch ("Shakespeare's Twelfth Night"). Petrarch wrote over 300 sonnets containing the subject of a woman named Laura. In these sonnets, he idealized the beautiful Laura, putting her on a pedestal, creating an unequal relationship between the lover and one who is loved. His sonnets also professed the necessity to suffer for the sake of the beloved, likening love to feelings of freezing and burning ("Juliet Trumps Laura: Shakespeare and the Petrarchan Sonnet"). Twelfth Night satirizes Petrarchan love by first having Duke Orsino idealize Olivia in Petrarchan fashion but then being taught to be more reasonable and practical when he decides to accept Viola as a wife instead of continuing to pine for Olivia.
We see signs of Orsino placing...
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