Gender and Idenity
A Mixed Teenager Searching To Find Himself
In the play Twelfth Night Viola is in disguise as Cesario who is a servant to Orsino. Viola is a tall blond women who is caring for others and will put them first before herself. She stood out to the other characters because of how she presents herself. Her job is to run Orsino's love messages to Lady Olivia. Viola thinks that she is doing a good deed by trying to help Orsino. In the play Viola says “Conceal me what I am, and be my aid for such disguise as haply shall become the form of my intent. I’ll serve this duke. Thou shall present me as an eunuch to him. It may be worth thy pains, for I can sing and speak to him in many sorts of music that will allow me very worth his service” (I.ii.50-56). pg. 3. This quote is showing how Viola is willing to change herself to work for the Duke and help him with his problems.
Viola is a females that willing chances her appearance into a man named Cesario. She thinks by being a girl in disguise of a man can help Orsino either win over Olivia with her knowledge of girls or help him realize that they aren't meant to be. By her looking like a guy she can work for the Duke and get to know him better. The downside of acting like a guy she can't tell the Duke about the feeling that she has for him. On the other hand when Orsino find out that Cesario is really Viola then the feelings of friendship and closeness that he has for Cesario might turn into love for Viola.
Sebastian is Viola's brother who she thinks is died in the same shipwreck she was in. She misses him dearly and is still hoping that somehow he is alive and that she is wrong about his death.
Olivia starts to fall in love with Viola but only because she thinks that Viola is Cesario. She has no idea that Viola is in a disguise so she is almost throwing herself at Cesario because she doesn't know the truth behind the lies.
Orsino takes Cesario in as his servant and then becomes close to 'him' just like Viola hoped for. Orsino starts to feel like he can really truth Cesario and starts to have Cesario go and talk to Lady Olivia on his behalf.
I believe that other characters in Twelfth Night see Viola as a good person who is loyal to anyone she cares about. Orsino thinks that Cesario is a trustworthy person who he can tell anything to about himself. While Olivia thinks that Cesario is a courageous young man that she absolutely adores. In the play Sir Toby say this "Now will not I deliver his letter, for the behavior of the young gentleman gives him out to be of good capacity and breeding" (III.iv.163-165). pg. 9. What Sir Toby is saying that Cesario is way to kind to even start a fight or fight at all. Even though these characters think is way about Cesario they are really getting to know Viola in a very different way then they know.
What's the same and what's different?
The differences between me and Viola are she is true to herself even as Cesario while I act like a differently depending on the situation I'm in. When someone likes me I tell them the moment I find out that I don't like them but Viola takes awhile to try and tell them that she doesn't think of them in that way.