Twelfth Night Questions and Answers
by William Shakespeare

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How do Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Sonnet 73 cover the theme don't judge a book by its cover? It's a short answer question.

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Both Twelfth Night and Sonnet 73 celebrate love that is based on more than physical appearance or plausible attraction. Both Orsino and Olivia see something lovable in Cesario that they can't quite explain based on the "young man's" physical appearance. Both learn to appreciate something more inward and lasting than youth and beauty. The "cover" of disguise Viola adopts is capable of revealing something more truthful about her inner self, allowing her to express hew own longing for love. Because Orsino thinks he cannot love Cesario, he reveals the inner book of his love as well. Because Olivia does not feel threatened by this younger servant to Orsino, she can reveal her playfulness and openness to folly as well, not fearing she will lose her self in love of another, more powerful man like Orsino. Disguise is the venue for inner truth to be revealed. When the disguise is revealed at the end of the play, both Orsino and Olivia feel they have already read the contents of Viola/Cesario/Sebastian 's...

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