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

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gbeatty eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.