The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1440 Tuesday 17 August 1999.
Date: Monday, 16 Aug 1999 20:35:00 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.1428 Twelfth Night
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1428 Twelfth Night
I would say that Orsino's flaw is being in love with love and, perhaps,
of a kind of patriarchal attitude towards women that 12th Night works to
correct. He insists that Olivia love him simply because he wants her to,
and yet announces that women cannot love the way men do. After Viola's
"patience on a monument" speech, he begins to rethink his beliefs. Of
course, he gets off easy (as commedic heros do), but there is a clear
shift in his thinking.