Gender and Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"
A discussion of the issue of gender, as represented from the perspective of Viola in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night".
# 130350 | 1,500 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Drama and Theater (English) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Gender and Sexuality (Theories of Gender) , Shakespeare (Twelfth Night)
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In this article, the writer examines the subject of gender as portrayed by the character Viola in the play "Twelfth Night' by William Shakespeare. The writer discusses that Viola dresses like a man and use a male name in order to survive. The writer discusses that the necessity for her to adopt this strategy does of course arise from the strict sex-based segregation of the times. The writer maintains that despite the fact that Viola does not intend to buck the binary-gender system in any way, she certainly seems to enjoy "being a man," and moreover, the fact that she adopts a male persona inevitably leads to gender-based complications.
From the Paper:"In Twelfth Night, Viola and Sebastian are twins, but they are separated in a storm at sea. Viola adopts male garb, and the name Cesario, as a survival strategy - to enable herself to get a job working for the Duke Orsino. Thus, Violet is not explicitly making a statement about gender when she begins passing as a male - rather, she is simply making a statement about wanting to survive. However, the ..."
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