Twelfth Night in She's the Man
Comparison by James Hayes
The Comedic Ladder in Comparison
Comedy of Manners - (High Comedy)
She's The Man - One example of of Commedy of Manners in She's the man is where Viola tells the coach that she is a shirt. The Coach responds, "Well, we like to accomodate, here at Illyria, so I'll follow you around with a parasol. Alright, nancy-boy? [Marks his clipboard] You're a shirt." This is Comedy of Manners because the coach uses his wit to make fun of Viola.
Comedy of Ideals - (High Comedy)
She's the Man - An example of Comedy of Ideals is when Viola isn't allowed on the boy's team because she was a girl. This is Comedy of Ideals because comedy of Ideals focuses around a controversial topic and in this case the idea of men and women equality.
She's The Man - In contrast, Viola dressed up as Sebastian her brother to prove that girls are just a capable as boys in playing soccer. This is an example of farce because Viola's cross dressing gave her a mistaken identity to the high school as Sebastian.
She's The Man - Another example of slapstick style low comedy is the scene where Viola, Olivia, and Monique become entangled in a fight when Olivia and Monique are arguing over Sebastian. The fight is low comedy because it employs slaps, pushing and shoving, punches to the face, and throwing of shoes (physical mishaps and collisions) to solicit a laugh.
Similarities and Differences between the film She's the Man and Twelfth Night
- Viola Cross Dresses
- Olivia went through some kind of loss
- Names of Characters reappear
- Viola cross dresses for soccer instead of getting close to Duke
- Illyria is a town in the play while Illyria is a school in the movie
- Olivia is mourning