Inspecting viola

gender

Viola being cesario experiences that being a boy has its benefits, like getting to work for duke orsiono because being male meant one could get work faster. as well as benefits there were limits like not being able to expose who she really was. this meant pushing her feelings for the duke aside because he knows her as a boy and not a woman. also viola being cesario experienced how a man named antonio mixed her up with her brother sebastian. this confusion that antonio has made viola realize her brother sebastian could still be alive and when antonio says in act 3, "thou hast, sebastian, done good feature shame (lll.iv.33). this quote shows how antonio confuses cesario (viola) is exposed to the truth about her brother being alive. if she were still a girl she wouldnt know that her brother could possibly still be alive and could still be grieving over him.

viola's identity

viola decides to disguise herself as a boy, then she feels tramped because she soon starts to grow feelings for duke orsiono. Being disguised as a boy she knows she cannot say anything about that she is really a girl, because it would ruin her relationship with orsino. this as well makes herself think that she is misleading everyone because olivia has fallen for the boy version of who she is disguising as. in a scene where viola is talking to herself she says, "...as i am man, my state is desperate for my master's love. As i woman, alas the day, what thriftless sigh shall poor olivia breathe!" (ll.ii.35-37). this quote shows viola talking to herself about how since she is pretending to be aboy, the love she feels for orsino is hopeless and the love olivia feels for her is hopeless as well because she is really a woman.

perception

viola in the twelfth night is viewed as a girl who is grieving over the mysterious loss of her twin brother sebastian. she just wants a fresh start to move on. when she had the opportunity to disguise herself, she did and decided to be a boy. in the beginning of act 1 in the twelfth night after she had been in a ship wreck, she finds herself in illyria lost and meets a captian who is kind to her and that is when she says, "...might not be delivered to the world, till i had made wine own occasion mellow, what my estate is" (l.ii.38-40). this quote shows how viola decided she wanted to hide away to start fresh until she was ready and accept the loss of her brother.

identity

Viola thinks of herself as a girl who can do whatever she wants as long as she puts her mind to it. She does not give up easy. She keeps trying until she gets it right.

gender

viola experiences her gender role playing on a boys soccer team, hanging out with jocks and going to the weight room. she has no choice but to act as her brother sebastian. She has to alter her voice to sound more like a guy and mainly act like she has a lot of kept woman to fit in. in the scene when viola was playing soccer on the field with her team, she got hit in the private part with the soccer ball and she had to act as if she was hurt because usually that would hurt a guy (she's the man).

perception

some characters view viola as uncool and some charming. but she thinks she is cool because she tends to give. in a scene, duke and his friends were at a restaurant and they tried to avoid looking at viola so she wouldnt come by them. They didnt want to talk to her because they thought she was lame.