Twelfth Night

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Hallucination Symbol Analysis

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At different points in the play, characters speak of having hallucinations and compare the feeling of being in love to hallucinating. By connecting love with hallucinations, Shakespeare stresses that love is often based on misperceptions, mistakes, or fantasies imagined by the lover, rather than on real characteristics of the beloved.
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Hallucination Symbol Timeline in Twelfth Night

The timeline below shows where the symbol Hallucination appears in Twelfth Night. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, scene 1
Desire and Love Theme Icon
Melancholy Theme Icon
Madness Theme Icon
Deception, Disguise, and Performance Theme Icon
...it is so "full of shapes," constantly changing its objects, that it is like a hallucination. (full context)