Orsino is a powerful nobleman from the country of Illyria, orsino is completlty in love with lady Olivia, but as the play progresses he seems to become more and more found of his pageboy cesario, who is actually viola dressed up, throughout the play orsino mopes around complaining how love sick he is for lady Olivia, however he is actually more likely to be in love with the idea of being in love.
This is because throughout the course of the play he never actually talks to Olivia.
The plays opening speech is said by Orsino who is very unhappy and very lovesick during his speech he tells his musicians and servants “If music be the food of love, play on.” In the speech that follows, Orsino asks for the musicians to give him so much musical love-food that he will overdose and cease to desire love any longer. Through these words, Shakespeare introduces the image of love as something unwanted, something that comes upon people unexpectedly and that is not easily avoided. But this image is complicated by Orsino’s comment about the relationship between romance and imagination “So full of shapes is fancy that it alone is high fantastical,” he says, relating the idea of overpowering love to that of imagination.
Later on in the play during Orsino speaks these words as he discusses his love for Olivia with Cesario. Here, he argues that there can be no comparison between the kind of love that a man has for a woman and the kind of love that women feel for men. Women, he suggests, love only superficially—in the “palate,” not the “liver,” implying that for men love is somehow deeper and less changeable.
We know from the opening scene that Orsino is a passionate guy and we soon learn that he's set his sights on Olivia. But, when Orsino says he's in love with the Countess, should we believe him, There's lots of evidence that says we shouldn't. For example, when Duke Orsino shares one of his erotic fantasies with us, we can see that it really has nothing to do...