If music be the food of love, play on.
Give me excess of it that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
(Act I: Sc I: Line 1-3)
In this quote Orsino craves music, but not as anyone normally does. He looks at music as though it represents love and asks for “excess of it”. “The appetite may sicken and so die.” He asks for excess of it, so that he can become sick of it,
There is no woman’s sides
Can bide the beating of so strong a passion
As love doth give my heart. No woman’s heart
So big, to hold so much. They lack retention.
Alas, their love may be called appetite,
No motion of the liver, but the palate,
That suffer surfeit, cloyment, and revolt;
But mine is all as hungry as the sea,
And can digest as much. Make no compare
Between that love a woman can bear me
And that I owe Olivia.
(Act II: Sc IV: Line 92-102)
Orsino refers to women’s love as appetite. It’s only something physical as oppose to something emotional when he says, “Alas, their love may be called appetite, no motion of the liver bet the palette.”(Act II: Sc: IV Line: 96-97) Also, Orsino claims the his love is like the hunger of the... [continues]
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