Today’s Twelfth Night

She’s the Man does a great job at modernizing Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. The cast and producers are able to use the plot of Twelfth Night and make it comical for a 21st century audience. They are able to do this by taking the Elizabethan characters and converting them into typical high school students. Viola, from She’s the Man portrays masculine female, and she disguises herself as her brother. This is comparable to Viola, from Twelfth Night, because she shows masculine traits like independence and she too disguises herself. But instead of Viola, from She’s The Man; being the favorite messenger she becomes one of the favorite soccer players, which is something that a teenager of the 2000’s can relate to. Using soccer as modern replacement for fencing is a great because they can be easily compared to each other. Like fencing, soccer is still a sport that is predominantly played by the male gender. But idea of being on a soccer team is just like being part of a Duke’s court and this is what Viola strives for, in both She’s The Man and Twelfth Night.

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