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.
Hallucination Quotes in Twelfth Night
The Twelfth Night quotes below all refer to the symbol of Hallucination. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Twelfth Night published in 2004.).
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