Twelfth Night – Act 5

‘A witchcraft drew me hither:’ Antonio – metaphor of ‘witchcraft’ references forbidden love.- ‘drew’ suggests love has left him under a spell and has drawn him to Illyria
‘My love, without retention or restraint’ Antonio- statement of love through alliteration
‘From the rude sea’s enraged and foamy mouth’ Antonio- personifies the sea to show how he sacrificed his safety for Sebastian and starts with trochee and spondee to show emotional turmoil of Antonio
‘Here comes the countess: now heaven walks on earth’ Orsino- hyperbolic metaphor used to show that Orsino remains a courtly lover until the end of the play
‘It is as fat and fulsome to mine ear/As howling after music.’ Olivia- verse used to show honest disgust at Orsino- alliteration adds to insult- ‘howling’ is cacophonic auditory imagery and alludes to her earlier reference to Orsino as a wolf
‘Live you the marble-breasted tyrant still’ Orsino- objectifies Olivia (self-indulgent in anger too) and suggests she is cold-hearted
‘I’ll sacrifice the lamb that I do love,/To spite a raven’s heart within a dove’ Orsino- Viola positioned as ‘lamb’ – subordinate whom Orsino is entitled to do what he likes- antithesis of ‘raven’ and ‘dove’ highlight appearance vs reality of Olivia. ‘Raven’ symbolises the evil within her against the backdrop of a beautiful, peaceful image
‘To do you rest, a thousand deaths would die’ Viola- hyperbole used to emphasise love and subordination at Orsino’s patriarchal power
‘How with a sportful malice it was followed…’ Fabian- oxymoron of ‘sportful malice’ used to show how Fabian tries to legitimise the prank on Malvolio but ‘malice’ shows it was always intended to harm him
‘If that the injuries be justly weigh’d’ Fabian- simile references scales of justice – legitimises gulling of Malvolio
‘I’ll be revenged on the whole pack of you’ Malvolio