Analyzing Viola

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Viola's Identity

Viola shows that she is smart. She shows this when one of Olivia's servants follow her outside and give her back a ring that she had never given Olivia in the first place, and is able to use clues of when she was speaking with her to figure out why she had done it. A quote showing this from the play is, "I left no ring with her. What means this lady? Fortune forbid my outside have not charmed her! She made good view of me, indeed so much that sure methought her eyes had lost her tongue, for she did speak in starts distractedly. She loves me, sure!"(II.ii. 15-20). This shows that she was able to think about all the things that happen while she was talking to Olivia and was able to come to the conclusion of Oliva falling in love with her.

Viola's Gender

Viola sees herself as a respectful, and truthful young lady. She shows this when talking to Orsino about his love for Olivia. She begins telling him that she is in love with him without giving away that she is a girl. The quote from the play is "...She never told her love, But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, Feed on her damask cheek. She pined in thought, and with a green and yellow melancholy She sat like patience on a moment, smiling at grief..."(II.iv.107-115). This quote shows how Viola was being truthful to Orsino, without showing she was disguised.

Other's Perception Of Viola

Most of the others view Viola as a simple servant, who works for Orsino. Olivia views Viola as a handsome and kind young man, that she has fallen in love with. While Sir Andrew views her as an enemy due to Oliva falling for her instead of him. A quote proving this is, "Marry, I saw your niece do more favors to the Count's servingman then ever she bestowed upon me. I saw'ti' the orchard"(III.ii.6-7). Viola sees herself as a respectful and caring person.

Similarities and Differance

Viola is extremely different to me and shares next to nothing in common with me. Viola is very confident. When she chooses to disguise herself and work for Orsino she shows confidence, because she tells him how she feels without caring if he finds out she's not really a guy. This is different to me because I'am a very quiet and shy person. I would never be able to disguise myself because of how I act.

She's The Man (Viola)

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Viola's Identity

Viola feels as if she is a good soccer player at her school. She shows this after her team gets cut. She attempted to join the boys team and was rejected. She then states that it is not fair and wants to show them that she can play just as good or better than the boys so she disguised as her brother to join his school's team.

Viola's Gender

Viola experiences her gender when her mother is trying to talk her into dressing up and attending a pageant . Viola is guided by her mother and others to act like a 'lady' when she gets into fights her mother scolds her and tells her that it's not a proper way for a lady to act. Viola only wants to just be able to play the sport she loves, soccer.


Viola sees herself as an excellent soccer player. The coach of her school's boys' soccer team views her as being weak and unable to compete in the boys' team. Viola's friends think that she is very capable at playing with the boys. This is shown when Antonio spends his time helping Viola throughout the movie. from aiding Viola disguise herself, to encouraging her through the whole time she is at her brother's school

Similarities and Differences

Viola has a very different personality compared to me. She is a athletic, and outgoing person. I Am not someone who likes sports or intense physical activity at all. She also is not afraid to do anything that might get her in trouble if it will help her reach her goal I would not want to do something if it might get me in any amount of trouble.