Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night


William Shakespeare

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Hallucination Symbol Analysis

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Hallucination Symbol Icon
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:
Desire and Love Theme Icon
Act 1, scene 1 Quotes
So full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.
Related Characters: Orsino (speaker)
Related Symbols: Hallucination
Page Number: 1.1.14-15
Explanation and Analysis:
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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 is so "full of shapes," constantly changing its objects, that it is like a hallucination. (full context)