"She's the Man" Vs. "Twelfth Night" Comparison Essay by Nicky

"She's the Man" Vs. "Twelfth Night"
A comparison and contrast of the teenage comedy "She's the Man", directed by Andy Fickman, with Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night".
# 148213 | 1,338 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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The paper notes that the 2006 film "She's the Man" clearly pays homage to Shakespeare's comedy "Twelfth Night" in the names of its main characters and the bare-bones outline of its cross-dressing plot, however, the paper points out many differences. The paper discusses how in Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", his Viola disguises herself as a boy because of grief, not out of a love of sports, and, Shakespeare's comedy is more fundamentally based upon emotion, character, and even social class than physical difference. The paper continues by noting that Shakespeare's Viola is both a sadder and more vulnerable character throughout "Twelfth Night", in contrast to the more tomboyish Viola in the modern film who can fend for herself. Finally, the paper relates that the very sinister 'madness plot' and the characters of Toby and Andrew in "Twelfth Night" are toned down in "She's the Man".

From the Paper:

"The main character, Viola Hastings, is abandoned by her brother Sebastian when the young man leaves for a music career in London, dropping out of the second prep school he has been forced to attend by their parents. Viola leaves Cornwall Prep and pretends to be a boy so she can play soccer disguised as Sebastian at Illyria Prep. However, in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night, his Viola disguises herself as a boy because of grief, not out of a love of sports. Viola finds herself unwillingly rather than willingly in the land of Illyria after a shipwreck. She mistakenly fears that her brother Sebastian has died."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Shakespeare, William. Twelfth Night. The Shakespeare Homepage. April 22, 2009.http://shakespeare.mit.edu/twelfth_night/index.html
  • She's the Man. Directed by Andy Fickman. 2006.

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