Identity and Gender

Trent Marble

Identity

I believe I am a hardworking student at school. I complete my work. I try hard to get good grades. Sometimes I get lazy, but I’m usually on top of things. At home I am lazy. I usually sit there and play video games unless the weather is good outside then I will go hang out with my friends. I don't participate in sports, but I am in band. I'm the same in band as I am at home.


In the play Twelfth Night, the character Sebastian is the brother of Viola. Viola believes that Sebastian is dead. Sebastian thinks highly of himself now because he is about to get married. Olivia suggests that she and Sebastian should get married at the end of Act 4 scene 3. Sebastian agrees

Gender/Race

I am a black male student at Joliet West High School. I am judged on my race a lot. I am expected to be something that I’m not. A lot of people tell me I am a white black guy. I don't know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing but that’s just how I am. I am not a typical male either. I'm not strong at all and not very athletic. I am still proud of who I am.




Sebastian is a male that is in the process of getting married to a femlale. It is obvious now that Sebastian likes females. However, Antonio seemed to be attracted to Sebastian. Now that Antonio has been arrested, he will not get the chance to tell Sebastian how he feels. Olivia is attracted to Sebastian becuase he looks like his sister Viola who Olivia fell in love with.

Perception


I think that people see me as being ignorant and ghetto because I’m black. In all reality I am well mannered. I also think people might think I’m dumb because my appearance. I'm actually smart. I believe my teachers think i am intelligent and hopefully don't judge me based only on my appearance.



I believe that other characters in Twelfth Night see Sebastian as attractive. For example, Olivia became attracted to Sebastian as soon as she saw him. Olivia is also attracted to Sebastian because he looks like Viola. Viola sees Sebastian as her dead brother. Viola still does not know that Sebastian was save by Antonio.

Similarites and Differences

A similarity between Sebastian and myself is that we are both attracted to females. Sebastian has a male that is attracted to him also, but he is getting married to Olivia. Another similarity that we have is that we are both males. Sebastian must resemble a female a little bit if Olivia is so fond of him, but he is a male.


A Difference between us it that Sebastian seems to rush into situations. I take time to evaluate the situation around me, while Sebastian rushes into a marriage with a woman that he knows nothing about.