Analyzing Duke

By Sofia Saavedra

Duke's Identity in Twelfth Night

In Twelfth Night, Duke Orsino sees himself as a powerful person since he is a Duke in Illyria he might also think that because he has servants with him all the time. He also sees himself as a passionate guy who is head over heels for Olivia despite the fact that she is not in love with him. a quote that displays how passionate duke is:

"If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die. That strain again! It had a dying fall. O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odor. Enough; no more.'Tis not so sweet now as it was before" (I.i.1-8)

This quote is directly from the first act and it shows a lot about his character and just how passionate he is about love.

Duke's Gender in Twelfth Night

A way that the duke acts differently than his gender is how sensitive and passionate he is. Many people, not including myself, stereotype men and think they should show themselves as strong and should not show emotion but the duke goes against that and is a very passionate man and is not afraid to show it. Duke also seems to enjoy metaphors which makes him seem poetic. He also is a fool for love and is constantly talking about it especially how much he "loves" Olivia. Those two qualities show him as a softer and more fragile man in society's stereotypes.

A quote that shows dukes views of love is:

"O, she that hath a heart of that fine frame
To pay this debt of love but to a brother,
How will she love when the rich golden shaft
Hath killed the flock of all affections else
That live in her" (I.i.35-39).

A way he does show a manly quality is how he is the leader of Illyria which shows that even though he is manly he can also be strong and be a leader.

Duke's Perception in Twelfth Night

In Twelfth night, people view Duke in different ways. It is clear that olive doesn't want anything to do with him even though he is deeply in love with her and she doesn't really take him seriously. Whereas Viola tends to take him very seriously. He is also in a very indirect way made fun of by others. When cesario delivered Duke's message to Olivia she mocked him by saying she had heard it many times before (discussing how cliche his ideas of love are)

referring back to this quote: "If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and so die. That strain again! It had a dying fall. O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound That breathes upon a bank of violets, Stealing and giving odor. Enough; no more.'Tis not so sweet now as it was before" (I.i.1-8)

Duke shows himself to be slightly egotistical. When duke discusses how he "loves" Olivia he tends to use a lot of 1st person pronouns such as me, myself, and i. This makes me believe that duke is not really all about Olivia, duke is all about duke.

Duke's similarities/differences

I think me and Duke Orsino from twelfth night have many things in common despite the fact that he's a boy and I'm a girl. Duke tends to not be taken seriously by other people in the play and many people are like that with me as well. He is also a sensitive person and so am I. Duke also tends to have a bratty attitude and likes to think its all about him and although I'm not EXACTLY like this I do tend to have a bratty attitude at times.

A few things that make us different is that duke is very rich and has people always attending to him.

Duke's identity in Shes the Man

In shes the man, Duke is seen as a very popular type of boy. He has a tough exterior but on the inside he is really sentimental and has a kind heart. Duke is very shy around girls and doesn't really know how to talk to them. In She's the man Duke tells Sebastian that he isn't good at talking to girls but then Sebastian gives him some words of encouragement and it helps duke gain confidence to talk to Olivia (She's the Man).

Duke's gender in Shes the Man

Duke is slightly different than most high school boys, he acts like a tough man around his guy friends but in reality he's a very sweet person. for example, Duke is head over heels in love with Olivia (She's the Man). Unlike other boys his age he actually really wants to date Olivia and doesn't just want to use her. Duke takes gender stereotypes and doesn't follow them in the same way most boys do. Many people think boys need to be tough and powerful. But Duke's personality does not follow that and i think it adds to the story in an interesting way.

Duke's perception in Shes the man

In She's the Man, duke sees himself differently than others see him. For example, Olivia thinks that he is just someone who wants to get with her so he can tell his friends about it but duke isn't like this. Duke is a very nice person and wouldn't use someone like that. I think Olivia sees him as just something she can use to. For example, In She's the Man, Olivia uses Duke in order to make Sebastian jealous since she had a crush on him during that time (She's the Man). I think this shows that Olivia doesn't think highly of duke.

On the other hand, Viola/Sebastian really think well of him and take his feelings into consideration, probably since viola was secretly in love with Duke Orsino.

Duke's similarities and differences

Some similarities that me and duke have in common are that we both are in high school, but duke goes to a private school and i go to a public school. We are also both very sensitive people but duke doesn't show it to anyone except for Sebastian and i also only have a few people i can tell my true feelings to. Some differences we have are that he is very athletic and i don't enjoy sports. He is also a really popular person and a leader whereas i have a lot of friends but i wouldn't call myself popular like duke.