Twelfth Night & She's the Man
Two Similar Switch Ups; One Similar Plot by Abbie Harris
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em." (2.5.149-50)
In "She's the Man" this quote is thrown into the mix. Duke says it talking to Viola when he finds out she is actually Sebastian's sister, pretending to be him. He tells her, "It's just like coach says before every game "Be not afraid of greatness, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. I think our best chance to be great today, is to have you play."
"She's the Man"
"Twelfth Night" in Art
Olivia's Attraction For Viola: Sebastian vs. Cesario
"Twelfth Night", on the other hand is a very different story. Olivia thinks "Cesario" gave her a ring, but that was not the case. When Viola finds this out she thinks Olivia must fancy her. She says "She made good view of me; indeed, so much that, as methought, her eyes had lost her tongue, for she did speak in starts distractedly." (II. ii. 14-16)
Viola's Disguises: Sebastian vs. Cesario
In "Twelfth Night" Viola believes Sebastian is dead because of an accident that happened during a sea storm. Instead of acting as her brother, she creates a whole different character, Cesario. She does this to take a job at Duke Orsino's court. Personally, I think she does this because she does want to face the world without her brother, so this is a way of holding on to a man in her life. I think she is just a little shaken over all.
The Comedy Ladder in She's the Man
2. Comedy of manners: There are a lot of moments where Viola forgets that she's acting as a boy. She'll say something that completely comes from a girls mind, not a boys. It's funny because the guys she has to be around will give her a look when she does something like that, and she'll say something that she thinks a guy would say, and it saves her.
3. Farce: Sebastian's true identity as Viola is unknown until the Cornwall match.
4. Low Comedy: The things Viola says trying to be manly exemplifies this.