Gender and Identity

Identity

I believe that I am different than the average sixteen year old boy. I have a big family with some unique qualitites that not all families have, one being that i have a handi capped older brother. I am social with others and am always trying to lead and do the best to my ability. I do love sports but I have been taught by my parents that school has to come first so I try to work hard.

Gender

I am a sixteen year old male who is in highschool. I am judged on my gender because of the way people think teenage guys should be. I fit into many different areas. For exampe i am an athlete who works out a lot but I also partcipate in many non athletic things. Like many other sixteen year old males I play video games, hang out with friends and do many other things that others would think that a sixteen year old male would do.

Perception

I believe that people see me as a wealthy and athletic. People mught percieve me as wealthy because of where i live and the kind of things that I have, but I do not show off wealth and dont think that it defines what kind of person you are. People also probably see me as athletic because I play football and am constantly in the weight room or running. They might not realize that i also take part in many other activites outside of school or that my group of friends ranges from people I workout with to people who arent athletic at all.

Identity

The character that i am analyzing is Malvolio. A servant in the house of Lady Olivia. Malvolio is a lower class because he is a servant but he speaks and acts as if he is better than everyone abve him. He is often insulting Sir Toby and Sir Andrew of their intelligence because he believes that they should be at the high social class that they are in. "Sir Toby, I must be round with you. My lady bade me tell you, that, though she harbors you as her kinsman, she’s nothing allied to your disorders. If you can separate yourself and your misdemeanors, you are welcome to the house" ( II.iii. 5). In this quote Malvolio is saying to Sir Toby that he is only staying in the house because of his relative Lady Olivia and that he does not approve of his drunked uncivilizef antics.

Gender

Malvolio is a male who must act professional and polite not only because of his profession as a servant but also because of his gender. Malvolio is expected to act like a gentleman but somtimes takes it too far pushing the limits of his social class. The limitations this creates is that he must always approach another woman first but he must also stay within his social class.

Perception

Malvolio is seen as a stuck up and over confident person. People like Sir Toby and Sir Andrew dislike him because Malvolio insults ther intelligence and disapproves of the things they do even though they rule over him because of social class.

"'Twere as good a deed as to drink when a man’s a-hungry, to challenge him the field and then to break promise with him and make a fool of him" (II.iii.6). This quote is Sir Toby talking about how much he'd love to make a fool of Malvolio. This clearly shows the hatred that other characters have for Malvolio.

Differences

Malvolio and i have multiple differences, one being how he views social class. Social class is such an important thing to Malvolio and he will do whatever he can to rise to the top of it because he is worried about how people view him. I do not think social class is a huge deal unlike Malvolio. Malvolio is also constantly putting others down because of the things they participate in. Malvolio often insults Sir Toby because he doesnt think that Sir Toby is worthy of the social class that he is in. I on the other hand do not determine someones social class by their actions.