Twelfth Night VS. She's the Man

Comparing and Contrasting the two comedies

Comedy of Ideas (high comedy)- Laughing at implications of ideas

  • She's the man: When Duke makes fun of Justin for crying at the game
  • Twelfth Night: "Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage," (1.5.19) The Clown says this to Maria about hangings preventing marriage.

Comedy of Manners (high comedy)- Laughing at words

  • She's the Man: When Viola criticizes Monique for being stuck up
  • Twelfth Night: "Still you keep the windy side of the law: good," (3.4.164-65) Here Fabian is criticizing Sir Toby for his foolishness.

Farce-Laughing at situations

  • She'st the Man: When Monique mistakes Viola for Sebastian from behind
  • Twelfth Night: "Be you his eunuch, and your mute I'll be: when my tongue blabs, then let mine eyes not see." (2.4.16) The only way Viola's high pitch voice can be taken for a man is if she is a eunuch, which is what the captain calls her.

Low Comedy- Laughing at people

  • She's the Man: When Viola sticks tampons up her nose
  • Twelfth Night: "And your horse now would make him an ass." (2.3.153) Here Sir Andrew is calling Malvolio's horse a donkey.

Compare/Contrast Analysis

She's the Man and Twelfth Night, and have many things in common and many things that differ.

  • The characters in common are: Viola, Sebastian, Duke, Toby, Andrew, and Malvolio
  • In both shows, Viola disguises herself as a man
  • In the Twelfth Night, Olivia is sad because her brother died
  • In She's the Man, Olivia is sad because she just got dumped
  • In both shows, Olivia falls in love with Viola's disguise, Viola falls in love with Duke, and Duke falls in love with Olivia
  • In both shows, Sebastian and Viola are twins
  • In Twelfth Night, Viola disguises herself as a made up man named Cesario
  • In She's the man, Viola disguises herself as her brother Sebastian
  • In the Twelfth Night, Viola and Sebastian get separated at sea
  • In She's the Man, Sebastian leaves for London for two weeks and Viola takes his spot at his school, Illyria
  • In Twelfth Night, Illyria is the land the play takes place