Shakespeare Play

Character Analysis


This picture shown is a photo of Viola not dressed up as a guy but being herself.


Viola (Cesario) is generous and kind because of the way she explains her thoughts to others and how she treats everyone surrounding her. At one point of the article she mentions how she knows a lot about the love women can feel for men and how their hearts are sensitive and loyal. When explaining this, she was talking about the way she feels but she was dressed as the guy so she had to put that in a way a guy would say it about females not herself. Viola is resourceful/strong/independent able to adapt to varying circumstances. When she was shipwrecked and was left all alone in a foreign land, Viola remains strong and immediately plans for her future, "to serve that lady". That shows that she indeed is independent and is able to think rationally and protect herself in the new circumstances she has faced. She solves the problems as it comes immediately and seeks alternative solutions when she is unable to get what she wants. Viola chooses the name Cesario and secures a position as a page working for the duke.


Viola’s problem throughout the play is one of identity. Because of her disguise, she must be both herself and Cesario. This mounting identity crisis culminates in the final scene, when Viola finds herself surrounded by people who each have a different idea of who she is and are unaware of who she actually is. Where in Twelfth Night, this pressure might cause Viola to break down. Sebastian’s appearance at this point, however, effectively saves Viola by allowing her to be herself again. Sebastian, who independent of his sister is not much of a character, takes over the aspects of Viola’s disguise that she no longer wishes to maintain. Which liberated by her brother, Viola is free to shed the roles that she has accumulated throughout the play, and she can return to being Viola, the woman who has loved and won Orsino. "Olivia's love for me is hopeless as well" (Viola 67).


Olivia thinks that everything about Cesario is attractive. Let's start with looks. "Cesario's" "face" and "limbs" are so delicious that "he" seems to be a walking, talking "blazon". "Cesario," it seems, is attractive to Olivia because "he's" both masculine and feminine looking. Olivia's also attracted to "Cesario's" "spirit" and "tongue," meaning she likes "Cesario's" saucy demeanor and way with words (Cesario turns out to be quite the love poet). Orsino, the duke of Illyria, who is in love with Olivia. He sends the disguised Viola to press his suit, not realizing that Viola is falling in love with him.


There might only be one thing I may have in common with Viola. One thing would be just like she decided to do what Orsino wanted her to do because she loved him even though it was to try and get him with another person, back in middle school I did something similar. There was a guy I liked but he liked someone else and because I had feelings for him I really didn't quite care if I was helping him get with someone else as long as he was happy and he noticed how nice I was to help him out.

The difference between Viola and me is that I did not fake being someone that I wasn't to get to the guy I liked. She dressed up as a guy and pretended to be one only to be by Orsino's side because she liked him. I only helped the guy I liked to get with another female but without pretending to be someone I'm not.