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  1. Mar 2018
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    1. Yet I suppose him virtuous, know him noble,Of great estate, of fresh and stainless youth;In voices well divulged, free, learned, and valiant,And in dimension and the shape of natureA gracious person. But yet I cannot love him.

      Economic and social status determines choices when it comes to love and desire. Olivia for example, is wealthy and holds a high status in society. From this wealth and status, she is able to have a wider range of choices than a traditional woman when it comes to love and desire. The scene that shows this is the first time Cesario meets Olivia. "Yet I suppose him virtuous, know him noble,/Of great estate, of fresh and stainless youth;/...But yet I cannot love him" (I, v, 260-264). These words from Olivia to Cesario reveals that because of Olivia's wealth and status, Orsino's "great estate" and "noble" status is not attractive to her. If Olivia did not have this wealth or even had a direct male family member, she would not be able to have such dominance and freedom of choice. Instead, she would have to value economics over her personal lust, and if she had a male family member, he would have more control over who and what she has desire of. But with her father and brother dead, she essentially holds the power they once had. In combination with the estate and wealth, she is able to take on a masculine role to enhance her ability to fulfill her personal desires.