A tale of two crossdressers

By Melissa Wood

Comparissons between the movie "she's the man" and Twelfth Night"

  • Both have the same characters.
  • Both contain the same love triangles.
  • Both are comedies.
  • Both contain the same plot.
  • Both use quote "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”


  • In the movie, Viola disguises herself as Sebastian.
  • In the play, Viola disguises herself as Cesario.
  • In the end of the play, Viola marries Orscino, Olivia marries Cesario, and Toby marries Maria.
  • Malvolio is a major character in the play, while in the movie he isn't.
  • In the movie, Viola disguises herself to play soccer,while in the play, Viola disguises herself to get a job.
  • In the movie Olivia is mourning over a recent break up, while in the play, she is mourning over a loss.
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The comedic ladder

Farce comedy would be:

  • The tampon scene in "She's the man" is Farce. The situation is awkward and how she saves her faults os even more hilarious. "I get really bad nosebleeds"
  • The scene where Malvolio is following the directions of the letter, where he does everything that Olivia hates, is an example of farce comedy. The situation is funny.

    • I think we do know the sweet Roman hand.

    Comedy of manners:

  • "Girls with asses like mine do not talk to boys with faces like you"
  • "Better a witty fool than a foolish witt"
Low comedy in the movie:

  • Would be the many scenes of the principal, or the ending soccer scene with the coach.
  • The way that Malvolio in the play was tricked is an example of low comedy. "welcome ass"
Comedy of ideas:

  • The scene where viola is in the bathroom with all of the guys attempting to shave is commedy of ideas.
  • “a young woman in love always looks like patience on a monument smiling at grief”