The Woman of Many Disguises

By Caroline Orihuela

She’s the man:

“[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!”

Explanation: Since “Sebastian” is actually Viola when “he” gets hit with the ball in his crotch it doesn’t hurt “him” because he’s actually a girl, and girls do not have crotches so to play the part “he” had to pretend it hurt to fool them. This is low comedy because it is about “him” getting hit in the crotch which is amusing to most people because they like to see people get hurt.

The types of Comedy for shes the man:

“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]”


High comedy of ideas could be when Justin insults Viola about her not being good enough to join the boys team, and she breaks up with him for that in front of all of his friends.


"Monique: Sebastian!

[Monique mistakes Viola for Sebastian]

Viola: Ow!

Monique: Eww... It's you. God you and your brother look scarily alike from the back. I think it's your total lack of curves.

Viola: Hey Monique, it's so good to see you too!"


Farce could be when Monique mistakes Viola for Sebastian and then goes on to insult her and say it’s because she has no curves.


High comedy of manners could be when Duke Talks about how he hit Justin in the face and made him cry.

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How Shes the man and the 12th knight collide

Some references from the She's the man and the 12th knight are how in both Viola dresses up disguised as a man to get something she needs. Another thing in common is how Viola falls in love with Duke. Then Olivia falls in love with Viola in her man disguise. But as they both end, Viola ends up with Duke, and Olivia ends up with Sebastian.

The Twelfth Knight

“I am indeed not her fool, but her corrupter of words. (Act III, sc. I, 37-38)”

― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

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The Twelfth night: Types of Comedy

“O time, thou must untangle this, not I.

It is too hard a knot for me t'untie.”

― William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night


In the play Viola says this because she knows Olivia loves her but she is not actually a man, so she doesn't know what to do because she is in love with the Duke, so she decides to let time solve her problem. This is farce comedy because she is in a struggle. She wants fate to resolve her problem since she has been mistaken for someone Olivia could love.


“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit.”


This is high comedy because it uses wit. It even mentions the word wit when discussing the clown. It discusses the topic of clever speech too. This would be comedy of ideas.


Low comedy of manners in this could be when Toby and Andrew are singing obnoxiously and act like dumb animals. They are drunk so they are dumb, and show themselves as fools.


High comedy of manners is when they give the love letters to Malvolio to trick him. He does many embarrassing things and makes himself look foolish. This would be comedy of manners since he goes through foolish tasks.