Analyzing Viola

By Anthony McDonald

Viola's Idenity (Twelth Night)

Viola mainly values her intelligence than her appearance. She says she wants to disguise her identity as a way to buy some some time to figure some stuff out. The reason why she disguises her identity is because she is not capable of facing a world without her brother. In the play the quote says "And what should I do in Illyria? My brother he is in Elysium. Perchance he is not drowned.-What do you think sailors" (1.2.3-6)? This quote explains how Viola is upset that her brave and honorable brother died in the storm and now he is taken to Illyria in which is basically a cemetery for those who are brave and honorable and they die. This quote supports my claim because it descibes how when she lost her brother during the big storm on sea, she was the only person to make it out alive beause she is tough and strong enough to get out of a situation like that, but it she it also shows that Viola cares a whole lot about her brother and she wants for him to have the best for himself. I believe that Viola shows real bravery just like her brother. She is a very independent woman who can definitely be a great leader because she really knows her way out of a tough situtaion.
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Viola's Gender (Twelth Night)

Viola tries to figure out what she wants to do now after she and her brother have been washed up on the shore. After she finds out brother is dead and will be taken to Illyria, Viola decides she wants to be a servant to this guy she has a crush on named Duke Orisno. She asks the captain to transform her into a young boy named Cesario who happens to have a great singing voice. "There is a fair behavior in thee, captain, and though that nature with a beauteous wall Doth oft close in pollution, yet of thee I will believe thou hast a mind that suits With this thy fair and outward character. I prithee-and I'll pay thee bounteously-Conceal me what I am, and be my aid. For such disguise as haply shall become. The form of my intent. I'll serve this duke. It may be worth thy pains, for I can si ng. That will allow me very worth his service. What else may hap to time I will commit. Only shape thou thy silence to my wit" (1.2.43-57). in this qoute viola is saying to the Captain that she wants to be Duke Orsino's servant and that she think she will surprise him with her way of greeting by talking about different kinds of music. The captain belives viola "Cesario" is the right person to be severant to Duke Orsino. I believe this is tree bewcause now that Duke has a trustworthy assistant who can help get him closer to the love of his life which is a girl named Olivia and Cesario is the perfect man to be able to talk to other girls, so what I am saying is that Cesario can definitely help Duke find Olivia and get her to be Duke's lovable girlfriend.
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Viola's Perception

Other people in the play "Twelfth Night" look at Viola like she is some kind of brave soldier because she survived in the storm when she was on the ship. They think that Viola is very strong and independent because she was able to make it out alive. Since there is no captain or anyone by her side, Viola is able to explore the world on her own. When she takes a job as being Duke Orsino's servant, Duke thinks that Viola is very manly and trustworthy enough to be his servant however Viola does not know that Duke has feeling for someone else. He tells Viola to send out a love message to the girl he is madly nn love with name Olivia. The message reads: "Make me a willow cabin at your gate, and call upon my soul within the house, write loyal cantons of contemned 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" (I.v.237-245). Viola in disguise as Cesario delivers this speech to Olivia after Duke has sent her to carry his messages of love to Olivia has sent her to carry his messages of love to Olivia In this speech, however, sets aside the prepared messages and instead tells Olivia what he would do if he were in love with her. This speech is significant, then, because it sets the stage for Olivia’s infatuation with the person she thinks is Cesario instead of helping win Olivia for Duke, Cesario's passionate words make Olivia fall in love with him. This quote supports my overall claim because it is true that when Viola carries out that love letter to Olivia it is true detail that Olivia is in love with Duke because he is a really cute looking guy and he deserves to be with Olivia and Cesario can help him get Olivia because he is working as Duke's servant.
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Similarites/Differences (Twelfth Night)

I am similar to Viola because I am very brave and independent when it comes to meeting new people and talking to others. I can find ways to get myself through tough situations and helping other people. I am different to Viola because I am not a girl and I do not have any family members that has been washed up on the ocean. I am also different to Viola because don't have a job and I don't work as anyone's servant.
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Viola's Idenity (She's The Man)

In She's The Man, Viola mostly identifies herself as an athletic, tomboy, player kind of girl. She wants to be a professional soccer player instead of being a girly-girl who participates in pageants and debutante balls. Her mother does not really understand the fact she wants to do more guy like things. She gives Viola the chance to be crowned queen debutante but instead Viola just wants to be queen of the soccer field. She swaps places with her twin brother Sebastian to attend Illyria Boarding School to play on the boys' soccer team (She's The Man).
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Viola's Gender (She's The Man)

In the film She's The Man, Viola "Sebastian Hastings gender is very specific. Instead of participating in beauty pageants and being a debutante girl, Viola Hastings wants to be the boys soccer team. When her school's team gets cut she decides to move to her twin brother Sebastian's boarding school. She asks one of her friends to transform her into Sebastian so she can take his spot on their team. However he manliness gets in the way of her being just regular Viola. For example she falls in love with a cute guy named Duke who doesn't know she is pretending to be Sebastian until at the end of the film. She also meets Olivia who she takes a liking to and a snobby over the top girl named Monique who claims to be Sebastian's boyfriend (She's The Man).
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Viola's Perception (Twelth Night)

In the film She's The Man, the characters look at Viola like she could be some kind of man-chick meaning she acts and behaves in more of a guy like manner where she wants to participates in boy like activities including soccer. Viola thinks that she is very equal to other guys and she does not need to act all lady-like to get attention. When she transforms into her twin brother Sebashtain girls look at him like she is very attracting like for example when Sebashtain meets Olivia, she finds Sebashtain very charming but does not know he is really Viola acting like her brother. On the other hand when Viola (Sebashtain) meets Duke, he treats Viola like a boy because he does not know Viola is imitating her brother until at the very end of the film (She's The Man).

Similarities & Differences (She's The Man)

There are ways that I am similar to Viola "Sebastian" Hastings in the film "She's The Man". I am very similar to Viola because I am independent and sometimes I want to be able to do my own things and make my own decisions. I am similar to Sebastian because I am a male gender and I treat and greet all people with respect even when it comes to meeting new people or seeing others I can not stand, I am able to stand up to others and be all man-like. There are two ways I am different than her, first of all I don't pretend to be someone I am not just to get what I want. Secondly, I am not an athletic person and I do not do inappropriate things like Viola does in the movie.
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