Modern Crossdressing

A comparison of Shakespeare and Amanda Bynes by Meg Johnson

Comparisons

  • Viola and Sebastian are siblings
  • Viola is pretending to be a boy
  • Viola must help Duke Orsino try to woo Olivia
  • Viola is in love with Duke Orsino
  • Olivia falls in love with Viola in disguise
  • Olivia later falls in love with Sebastian
  • Duke Orsino falls in love with Viola

Contrasts

She's the Man

  • Malvolio is a spider
  • Olivia's had a bad breakup
  • Sebastian took a trip to London and Viola's pretending to be him
  • Viola goes back and forth between dressing as a girl and a boy


12th Night

  • Malvolio is a person
  • Olivia's brother died
  • Viola believes Sebastian dead and is dressing as Cesario
  • Viola stays dressed as a boy until she reveals herself

Low Comedy

"I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit." (1.3, 84-86)

Sir Andrew Aguecheek, who is known for being quite dull, contemplates his own idiocy. While this is not typical low humor, the quote leaves us laughing at the expense of a character which is a definite aspect of low humor.