She's The Man Vs Twelfth Night Essay

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She's The Man is a modern movie of Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night which adapts Twelfth Night effectively throughout four different dimensions: theme, characterization, setting and plot. First of all, Twelfth Night and She's the Man both have a common theme that love is blind resulting in losing self-control and being not able to look at something objectively. For instance, in Twelfth Night, Olivia gives her ring to Cesario as known as Viola in order to convince him come back to her again; in She's The Man, Olivia intentionally dates with Duke Orsino because she wants Sebastian which is Viola to be jealousy. Olivia's action in both movies convey a major theme of love to the audience which reflects that she loses control in love. As a result,…show more content…
On one hand, the name, character traits and the relationship of four major characters are same. So, the audience will easily figure out the connection between two movies, which is an excellent comparison between the ancient version and the modern version. On the other hand, some significant quotations from Twelfth Night use in She's The Man as well, but these quotations are used by different characters. For example, in the Maria's fake letter to Malvolio, it says, "but be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em" (Act 2, Scene 5). In She's The Man, Duke Orsino says the same quotation to Viola which means everyone can be great. Either someone are naturally great, or to work hard in order to become great, or you are given an opportunity to become great. Since anyone can be great, it is nothing to be scared of. However, in Twelfth Night, it has a ironic meaning to Malvolio, because of his narcissism; in She's The Man, Duke Orsino uses this quotation to encourage Viola that girls can be as good as boy in soccer. Duke Orsino's encouragement reflects that he cares Viola and wants to play soccer with her together, so he supports

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