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Comparison of Twelfth Night and She's a Man

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Transcript of Comparison of Twelfth Night and She's a Man

Character Similarities
The main characters share the names of the characters in Twelfth Night, and are in a similar love triangle.
In the play, The Twelfth Night and the movie She’s the One the character of Viola and Cesario respectively are women acting as men. They portrayed a man very effectively changing their appearances to look like men in order to fool other characters.
The Duke of Illyria in Twelfth Night and the soccer captain in She’s The Man, is in love with Olivia in both. Olivia falls in love with Viola, who was disguised as Cesario in Twelfth Night, and Sebastian, her twin brother in both movies, in She’s The Man.


Character Differences
Various names in the film are taken from Twelfth Night, although the roles in the film bear little or no similarity to their namesakes. These character names are: Malvolio (the name of Malcolm's tarantula), Feste (Malcolm's last name), Valentine (Monique's last name), Andrew and Toby (Duke's soccer buddies), Maria (Olivia's friend) and Antonio (Paul's last name)
Plot Similarities
The plots of She's the Man and Twelfth Night run along similar lines, such as Olivia kissing Sebastian rather than the disguised Viola, or Duke enlisting "Sebastian" (the disguised Viola) to help him gain Olivia's attention (in the play, the Duke Orsino enlisted "Cesario" to help him win Olivia).
The movie, She’s the Man, sticks to the characterization of the play and generally follows the narrative structure and only modernizes the language and the setting of the play into a more familiar conceptual script.
Another thing that makes the plots similar is that when Olivia professes her love to the disguised Viola and kisses her, it’s really Sebastian, accidently run into her in both.
Plot Differences

A significant plot difference is motive behind the impersonation.
Viola wants to impersonate her brother in order to compete with the boys from her own school who forbade the girls to play soccer with them once their own program was shut down, thereby proving her soccer skills. Viola's motive is purely an ambitious motive.
In contrast, Shakespeare's Viola has just landed in a foreign location after surviving a shipwreck and thinks she is the only survivor of her wealthy family. As a single, wealthy noble woman without any male protection, she knows she is in a dangerously vulnerable position. Hence, she decides to disguise herself in order to protect her true identity.
Stratford Country Club is a reference to Stratford-upon-Avon. "Illyria", the name of the school, is also the name of the country in which Twelfth Night is set, and "Cornwall", the name of Viola's former school, is the name of the country Viola and Sebastian were originally from in the play.
Comparison of Twelfth Night and She's the Man
Background Info on Twelfth Night and She's The Man
She's a Man
Viola's soccer team at Cornwall gets cut. She wants to join the boys team, but they do not allow girls. She disguises herself as her twin brother Sebastian, and goes out for the rival school, Illyria, boys' soccer team and makes it. Unfortunately, she didn't plan falling in love with her roommate Duke. But Duke has his eyes on Olivia. What makes matters worse is that Olivia starts to fall for Sebastian because he/she has a sensitive side. If things couldn't get more problematic, the real Sebastian (who was in London working on his music) comes home early. He arrives on campus and has no clue that he was replaced by his twin sister.
Twelfth Night
Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead. She pretends to be a boy and becomes a servant to Orsino and gets sent to woo Olivia. However, Olivia falls in love with Viola, believing her to be a boy. Viola falls in love with Orsino.
Sir Toby Belch (Olivia's uncle), Sir Andrew Aguecheek (his friend), Maria (a maid), Feste (a jester) and Fabian (a servant) plot to make a fool out of Malvolio (Olivia's head steward). They write a letter, apparently from Olivia, in which she confesses her love for Malvolio and wishes him to dress and behave in a ridiculous manner. Believing that this will get Olivia to marry him, he does everything the letter asks but Olivia, who knew nothing about this, has him locked away for being insane. They eventually set him free but he is furious.
Sebastian, Viola's brother, turns up and, believing him to be Viola (who Olivia thinks is a boy) she asks him to marry her and he does. Viola's identity is revealed and Orsino falls in love with her and they marry and it is revealed that Sir Toby and Maria have also married.
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