She's The Twelfth Night

Comparing Shakespeare's Twelfth Night to She's the Man

She's the Man & Twelfth Night

She's the Man (2006) is a modern rendition of famous play-write William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The motion picture used various names, persons, and venue's from the original play along with several elements of comedy to create an up-to-date version of the play.
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Motion Picture (She's the Man)

In the modern version of 12th night, our main character Viola is discouraged because the girls soccer team was cut from her school's athletic program and the boys soccer coach wouldn't allow her to try out for the boy's team. Viola's twin brother (Sebastian) skips out on his first two weeks of school at Illyria to play with his band in London. While he's away Olivia pretends to be Sebastian in efforts to make Illyria's soccer team and prove that girls are just as capable as the guys. Illyria's star player (Duke) is in love with a very desirable Olivia (considered most popular girl at school) but he has a problem, he can't talk to girls so well. In efforts to make first-string for their rivalry game against Cornwall, Viola agrees to convince Olivia to date Duke in exchange for Duke's soccer tutoring. But in the midst of it all, Olivia falls in love with Viola, but isn't aware that "Sebastian" is really Viola. The movie contains many farce/ awkward altercations that makes this movie into a memorable romantic comedy.

Comedy Ladder - She's the Man (quotes)

Low Comedy

[after getting hit in the crotch with a soccer ball by Toby]

Viola: [as Sebastian] Oh. Right. OWW! OH, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! IT BURNS!


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.

Comedy of Manners

Viola: ...and when I close my eyes, I see you for who you truly are, which is UUUG-LAY.

Comedy of Ideas

Justin: Could you be a girl for just 5 seconds

Viola: Ok... First of all it's not a stupid soccer issue and... you're a jerk. Oh look at that, times up.

[slaps him in the face]

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Play Version (Twelfth Night)

In Shakespeare's original piece the same situation apply's except for a few minor differences. Olivia is mourning the lost of her brother and chooses to stay in "hiding" for the next seven years. Viola and her brother Sebastian shipwrecked and they both believe that the other is presumed dead. Viola feels the pain that Olivia feels and wants to be of service to her. Duke Orsino was very wealthy and in love with Olivia and his love for Olivia was apparent and Viola seen an opportunity to help Olivia in her tough times by working for Duke as his servant and messenger. Work during these times was very easy to find if you were male thus, Olivia disguised herself as a male by the name of Cesario (completely made up name.) In "Cesario's" effort to be a good messenger Olivia falls in love with him/her. This version contains many of the character's that were in the motion picture, but their roles weren't as big in She's the Man. In Twelfth Night, Andrew (Duke's friend in the movie) is also in love with Olivia. Dukes other friend in the film (Toby) is also in 12th night, except he's Olivia's uncle in the play.

Comedy Ladder - Twelfth Night (quotes)

Low Comedy

Andrew: What is 'Pourqoi? do or not do? I would I had bestowed that time in the tongues that I have in fencing, dancing and bear-bating: O, had I but followed the arts!


Olivia: Go thou and seek the crowner, and let him sit o' my coz; for he's in the third degree of drink, he's drowned: go, look after him.

Clown: He is but mad yet, madonna; and the fool shall look to the madman.

Comedy of Manners

Olivia: Take the fool away.

Clown: Do you not hear, fellows? Take away the lady.

Good madonna, why mournest thou?

Olivia: Good fool, for my brother's death.

Clown: I think his soul is in hell, madonna.

Olivia: I know his soul is in heaven fool.

Clown: The more fool, madonna, to mourn for your bother's soul being in heaven. Take away the fool, gentlemen.

Comedy of Ideas

Sir Andrew: An you part so, mistress, I would I might never draw sword again. Fair lady, do you think you have fools in hand?

Maria: Sir, I have not you by the hand.

Sir Andrew: Marry, but you shall have; and here's my hand.