Viola (Cesario)

By Samantha Cazales

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Identity

Viola throughout the entire story has always had confidence in her self and she has always been brave. The thing is she doesn't see that, deep down she is very sad but also in love and that is the only thing that will keep her going. Viola is very sad because of her brother's 'death'. She is a very kind person, never tries to cause harm to others or pick fights with anyone. "Why are you talking like this? i never hurt you. You waved your sword at me for no reason, but i was nice to you. I didn't hurt you" (Act 5; Scene 1 179-181).

Gender

In the very begging Viola decided to dress up as a young man named Cesario so she can get into a palace. "Please-and I will pay you for this-help me conceal my identity, and find me the right disguise so I can look the way I want" (Act 1; Scene 3 line 47-51). Throughout the story her gender was not shown to anyone, she kept it a secret. Although, in the very end her twin brother, who she believed passed away, came back into the town. Even then, no one knew Viola has not been Cesario this whole time. Until, her brother and her came in confrontation and Viola revealed to everyone who she has been all along.

Perception

Other characters in the story seem to despise Viola (Cesario). Everyone despises her because of how she carries her self as a boy. She is almost too perfect, and not only for the men but for the woman. She is despised by people as well because of the woman who is in love with Viola, Olivia. Every man would love to be Olivia's husband but she only has eyes on Viola (Cesario). "I'm afraid I'm not using my head, and I'm falling for his good looks" (Act 1; Scene 5283-284).

Similarities & Differences

Me and Viola are more alike than different. We both have had trouble's along the way were we feel we need to run away from our problems. The second reason we are alike is because she always seen the view of 'everything is going to be okay' and I can compare to that because I think just the same.

The ways we are different is I feel Viola is way too brave to dress as a boy and carry on in the big world and have hope she doesn't get caught. I know I couldn't go threw with it. The second reason is I have never been in such a love twist and I also do not have a twin brother.

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She's the Man

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Identity

In she's the man Viola is very honest and humble. She is like any regular teen girl who must face high school. She is also very wise and brave, she goes after her dreams even if they might get her into trouble. In the movie she always gave herself word of advice to let herself become less nervous.

Gender

In She's the Man Viola also dealt with a major problem in gender. She also disguised herself as a boy or more like her twin brother in order to prove a point to her ex boyfriend. She faces threw many ups and downs with disguising herself for so long but she doesn't seem to mind. She troubles with trying to get the exact look and traits of a real teen boy. But with the help of her friends she is able to do..okay.
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Perception

In the beginning of She's the Man, everyone sees Viola as a bit weird. Although it is not her fault, she just doesn't know exactly what boys talk about. Her roommates make fun of the way she is but with a little trick of Viola the roommates begin to like Viola and make him as one of the guys. Although it isn't all negative because she also has a girl who has eyes on her/him. But Viola never seems to notice until the end.

Similarities & Differences

The difference between the novel and the movie is in the story Viola is from a modern time with dukes and queens, while in the movie it's a basic time of a teenage girls life. Furthermore, in the movie it has a lot to do with soccer, while in the story it deals with strong men who fight with swords.

Their similarities are few but just enough. They both carry themselves very strong throughout the movie. They both are also madly in love with a man who is in love with another woman. Lastly, they both are disguised as their twin brother.