Analyzing Viola

By: Zach Mascenic

Viola in the play

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Viola's Identity

Viola thinks of herself as a person who has a lot of confidence in herself. She thinks she has potential to do things that other people think she can't do. She will go to a big extent to try to achieve things that she wants to do. She thinks she is smart because she figures out things fast. She will do whatever she can to prove someone wrong. She sees herself as being independent because she will do things that she wants, not what people tell her to do. She also sees herself as strong willed because she will do what ever she can, no matter how crazy it is, to achieve her goal. "What kind of woman is't? Of your complexion" (II. iv. 24-25). This proves that Viola is strong willed because she will not tell Orsino that she is actually a girls and she loves him.

Viola's Gender

Viola experiences both genders and different times. She try's to look like a boy to get around easier but Olivia ends up falling in love with her. Viola also ends up falling in love with Orsina but Orsino thinks she is a guy. Viola acts as a ton girl even when she isn't pretending to be a guy. She doesn't like to do a lot of girly things. She experiences being a guy because since people think she is a guy, they talk about guy things and everyone treats her as if she was a guy. But Viola is still a girl which means that she still acts like one. "Pray God defend me! A little thing would make me tell them how much I lack of a man" (III. iv. 272-273). This proves that Viola doesn't want to fight because she is a girl and scared but people think she is a guy.

People's perception on Viola

Everyone in the story sees Viola in different ways. First, Orsino sees Viola as a friend that he can talk to in a time of need that he wouldn't tell anyone else. Olivia sees Viola as a guy that she wants to marry because she is in love with her, but Olivia doesn't know that she is actually a girl. Sir Andrew sees Viola as an enemy because Olivia is treating Viola better than she is treating Sir Andrew. That is why Sir Andrew want to duel with Viola. "Marry, I saw your niece do more favors to the Count's servingman than ever she bestowed upon me. O saw 'ti' the orchard" (III. ii. 6-8). This quote shows that Sir Andrew is jealous of Viola. Throughout the story, everyone's perception on Viola changes because of her actions and how she acts, they are all different. Viola doesn't see herself the same as what people think of her.

Similarities and Differences Shared with Viola

One thing that I have in common with Viola is that we will do whatever we have to do to prove a point. We want to prove people wrong. Another thing we have in common is that we both aren't aggressive.

We both are different because I wouldn't disguise myself as a different gender making everyone think I'm a girl. Another thing on how were different is that she always says what is on her mind and doesn't think about it. I don't do that.

Viola in the movie

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Viola's Identity

Viola in She's the Man sees herself as a ton boy. She would rather be playing soccer than being with her boyfriend. She breaks up with him because he doesn't believe she can prove herself. She sees herself as confident because she thinks that she can play soccer with the guys. She sees herself as strong willed because she will go to big lengths to achieve a goal and prove people wrong. Most people wont turn themselves into a different gender just to prove someone wrong. In the movie, Viola says that she is able to play on the guys soccer team but the guys don't think that she can (She's the man). This quote shows that even though people don't believe in her, she will still do things to prove them wrong. She sees herself as independent because she only really listens to herself.

Viola's Gender

Viola doesn't think herself as a girly girl because she plays a sport that gets you dirty. She experiences being a guy because she doesn't mind getting dirty and sweaty. She likes to do guy stuff. She sees herself as a girl because she falls in love with Orsino and she want to impress him so she tries to look good for him. She experiences being a guy because she dresses up as one. She lives in a guy dorm and hangs out with guys so that how she sees how guys act. In the movie, Viola tells Orsino that she knows how girls like to act and what they like (She's the Man). This quote shows that Viola wants Orsino to like her but Orsino thinks she is a guy so Viola is trying to drop hints that she likes him.

Peoples Perception on Viola

All the characters in She's the man look at Viola in a different way. Her mom looks at Viola as someone who doesn't like to do girly things. Her mom wants Viola to do things she doesn't want to do. Orsino looks at Viola as a good friend because he thinks she is a guy. He tells Viola things that he probably wouldn't tell a lot of other people. But Orsino finds out that Olivia loves Viola, not Orsino. So then he views Viola as an enemy because she is taking his love away from him. In the movie, Orsino confronts Viola because Orsino saw Olivia kiss Sabastian, who looks exactly like Viola, that she is stealing Olivia away from him but Viola doesn't know what he is talking about (She's the Man). This quote shows that people in the movie change how they feel about Viola throughout the movie.

Similarities and Differences Shared with Viola

A similarity that Viola and I share is that we both like to prove people wrong. Another similarity we share is that we both are independent when it comes to taking advice.

A Difference between Viola and I is that she likes to get into fights. Another difference between us is that she loves playing soccer and I don't like soccer.