Twelfth Night highlights numerous love triangles and the intricacies of emotions as the characters struggle to find and experience love. As a result, most of the characters are tightly tangled in love webs, which blind their eyes from experiencing the reality of their feelings towards others, resulting into falsified love emotions. In a number of cases, Shakespeare portrayed the characters to be in deceit about themselves or others around them, making the love emotions untrue. All the same, there existed strong love emotions that were true. In such cases, two characters were strongly bound to one another by strong emotions and feelings that gave real meaning to romantic love. One case of true love involved Viola’s love for Orsino. Viola was unknown in Illyria and in fact pretended to be a man fighting to win the Duke’s love. Moreover, in the fourth scene, Viola again illustrated her true feelings for Cesario. “…..Whoever I woo, myself would be his wife (1)” as Viola finally revealed her identity, the audience was invited to reflect on the good friendship that existed between Viola and Orsino and the romantic switch where Viola finally becomes Orsino’s wife. Importantly, Shakespeare utilized this scenario to illustrate the possibility of defying traditions and norms in the society to achieve one’s goals. Viola had indeed pretended to be a man and pursued Orsino with determination, a case of defying traditions as would have been expected. At the end, Viola attained her sweet end of the romantic love intrigues by becoming Orsino’s wife.
Similarly, a different love scenario involving Viola illustrated a case of true love and romance, though the case was not successful. Though interesting to have a woman fall for another woman dressed as a man in the case of Olivia and Viola, Viola’s romantic tricks attracted Olivia,