Compare Twelfth Night And She's The Man

Twelfth Night and She’s the Man
Many people struggle in discovering who they truly are in certain situations. Some struggle with career choices, relationships, religion, and so many other things that life throws at you. The Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is a comedic play about identity, true and false love, and adaption to new situations. This is also found in the movie based of the play called She’s the Man. In both versions a young woman named Viola makes a choice that effects many of the people around her. Even though her situation is slightly different in both film and play, it’s the choice she makes to hide her identity that brings her into many interesting, and challenging situations of making people fall in and out of love.
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In the play Olivia has just lost both her father and brother, which leaves her extremely depressed and not wanting to be with anyone. Meeting Viola, or in this case Cesario, she falls deeply in love with the character. This causes issues for Viola because the comedic love triangle is formed with her right in the middle, because Orisno wants Viola to help Olivia marry him. Olivia finds Viola very compelling and attractive, she literally loves everything about him and declares it, “Thy tongue, thy face, thy limbs, actions and spirit, do give thee fivefold blazon (1.5.297-298).” Viola uses this to her advantage to convince the Duke to love her over Olivia. In the movie She’s the Man, Olivia is also in an emotional state but because she just got out of a break up and instantly falls for Sabastian for being different from most guys she’s used to. In the movie she loves that Sabastian is a lyricist, and will say anything to complement him which she awkwardly does with his usic, “Those are really good. So honest.” Olivia takes any advantage to either make Sabastian fall in love with her or make him jealous, which is comedic because she has no idea that its Viola. In the end of both the play and movie Olivia finds love with the real Sabastian, which allows Duke to finally realize that he loves …show more content…
In the Twelfth Night he’s a handsome, rich Bachelor who is very poetic and is honestly just in love with love. His first line in the play shows how he feels about love, “If music be the food of love, play on; Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting (1.1.1) His passion for love echoes to Voila and she begins to fall in love with him, which doesn’t work in her favor because he thinks she’s a man. He is head over heels in love with Olivia which bring him and Viola closer in the attempts that Viola might help Olivia fall in love with him. This leaves Viola caught in the middle of a love triangle, but not in the way she would like. Gacefully she helps Olivia with the grieving of her father and brother and shows Orisno what love is really like, not the fantasy’s that he developed in this head about Olivia. In She’s the Man, Viola has just gotten out of a bad relationship and isn’t looking for a new one. Viola realizes that Duke isn’t just all about his looks, he’s actually a really insecure, shy guy and she starts to fall in love with him. The problem, like the play, is that he thinks he’s in love with Olivia. Viola almost breaking the Sabastian character gives Duke some interesting advice, “[to Duke] What does you heart tell you? [pause] I mean... which one would you rather see NAKED!?” Viola keeps her focus in the movie, she’s dedicated to winning the soccer game but once Olivia starts pretending that she likes

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