Describe the relationship between Orsino and Olivia in Twelfth Night.

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Orsino is the Duke of Illyria, and Olivia is a countess. Orsino is attempting to court Olivia, but she is not showing much interest. Rather, she tells her suitors that she is mourning for her brother who has recently passed away, and she will not marry for seven years. Orsino and Olivia are both very egotistical. Neither character is concerned with the world around them as they are too focused on the drama in their own lives. Orsino's ego is fed through his new Page, Cesario (Viola disguised as a man), and Olivia pines for the love of the same man (Cesario). Both Olivia and Orsino have grave misconceptions of reality and what true emotion really is. They are extremely superficial and change very little throughout the course of the play. It is obvious, however, that Olivia and Orsino are female and male representations of the same person.

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