A Lover's Secret

"12th Night" and "She's The Man"

Compare and Contrast

She' The Man

What started out as personal journey turned into a tale of love and awkward situations that occur left and the right. It uses a lot of low comedy and sometimes uses higher intelligence comedy. Awkward situations are an example of low comedy. Deep personal moments are like high comedy situations that sometimes turn funny.


"It's just like what Coach says before every game: Be not afraid of greatness, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. I think our best chance to be great here today, is to have you play."(Duke; She's The Man).


"Speaking as a completely objective third party observer with absolutely no personal interest in the matter..."(Viola; She's The Man).

Malcolm, Principal Gold, Viola

"Malcolm: I am convinced he's hiding something.

Principal Gold: Oh, nonsense, Malcolm. He may be a little lost and confused, but deep down he's an all-american, red-blooded male, just like yourself.

Viola: [walking by, dressed as Sebastian, while on the phone] Mom, I will pick out my own dress. And no, I will not wear high heels. Because heels are a male invention designed to make women's butts look smaller... and to make it harder for them to runaway.

Principal Gold: Malcolm, have you ever tried to run away in high heels?

Malcolm: No, sir, I...

Principal Gold: Not that easy. Not that easy..."(Malcolm, Principal Gold, Viola; She's The Man).

Duke And Viola

"Viola: So, what brings you here?

Duke: Well, a few days ago I kissed this girl at a kissing booth. And now, I just can't seem to stop thinking about it.

Viola: Neither can she.

Duke: Plus, I miss my roommate. I really liked him.

Viola: Well, he's right in here.

[pointing to her heart]

Viola: Listen, I know I should have told you who I was, but I was afraid. I'm sorry.

Duke: Well, you know maybe if I had known you were a girl, we wouldn't have talked like we did, and got to know each other the same way. And that would've been a shame.

Viola: Just so you know, everything you told me when I was a guy, just made me like you so much more as a girl.

Duke: Ok, but just from here on in, everything would just be alot easier if you stayed a girl."(Duke and Viola; She's The Man).

Sebastian, Eunice, Roger, Malcolm

"Sebastian: Folks, I'm a boy. I promise.

Malcolm: Prove it.

Sebastian: Okay.

[pulls down his soccer shorts, everyone sees his privates]

Roger: [His Dad in the audience] That's my boy.

Eunice: Soccer is the world's favorite sport."(Sebastian, Eunice, Roger, Malcolm; She's The Man).

12th Night

A love triangle that started when viola fell in love with Duke who in return likes Olivia. It rarely shows or does not even show any low comedy in the play. It mainly uses high comedy and farce predominantly in the piece of literature. Some examples are horrible singing, crossdressing fiasco's, and awkward situations.

Duke Orsino

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” (William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night).

Olivia And Viola

Olivia: How does he love me?
Viola: With adoration, with fertile tears,
With groans that thunder love, with sighs of fire.” (William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night).

Duke Orsino

"If music be the food of love, play on,
Give me excess of it that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken and so die.
That strain again, it had a dying fall.
O, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour. Enough, no more,
’Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
[Music ceases]
O spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, naught enters there,
Of what validity and pitch so e’er,
But falls into abatement and low price
Even in a minute! So full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical." (William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night).


"Make me a willow cabin at your gate
And call upon my soul within the house,
Write loyal cantons of contemnèd love,
And sing them loud even in the dead of night;
Hallow your name to the reverberate hills,
And make the babbling gossip of the air
Cry out ’Olivia!’ O, you should not rest
Between the elements of air and earth
But you should pity me."(William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night).