What does this excerpt from shakespeare’s twelfth night reveal about duke orsino?

duke: 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 south,
that breathes upon a bank of violets,
stealing and giving odour.—enough; no more;
'tis not so sweet now as it was before.

1)he has developed a dislike for music.
2)he is in love with the idea of love itself.

3)he has lost his appetite for food.
4)he wants sweet flowers in his court.


What this excerpt from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night reveals about Duke Orsino is that B) He is in love with the idea of love itself.
By using the system of elimination, you can come to this solution. He hasn't developed a dislike for music, and this excerpt deals with his ideas about love, which means that C and D are also incorrect.

B is because he thought he was truly in love, but realized he is in love with the idea of being in love.
This excerpt from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night reveals about Duke Orsino's moodiness and unstable temperament. We can infer that - basing on the shifts of positive and negative tones of the excerpt - Duke Orsino is a very moody person.
The answer is B) He is in love with the idea of love itself.



The play opens in a room in the duke's palace. His words to Curio are an indication of his believing in love itself. It is unforunate that the love he feels for Olivia is not reciprocal at the moment and he expects that a "surfeiting" or an abundant amount of music can decrease his appetite for love just the way food eliminates feelings of hunger. Love is what can provide that sweetness which he needs to cure his melancholy.

That he is in love with the idea of love

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