By Julia Rogan, Patrick Henry High School
“The Twelfth Night,” written by William Shakespeare was adapted into a modern-day movie called “She’s the Man.”
In “The Twelfth Night,” the main protagonist, Viola, is shipwrecked and has lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian.
Viola disguises herself as a man and uses the name “Cesario” in order to get a job as a page for the Duke of Orsino.
Meanwhile, the Duke believes that he is falling in love with his neighbor, the wealthy Countess Olivia. In an effort to win over Countess Olivia, the Duke sends Viola as a messenger to persuade Olivia to marry the Duke.
But that has the opposite effect when Olivia begins to fall in love with Cesario (who is really Viola).
Things get complicated when it turns out that Viola’s brother is actually alive, and didn’t die after the shipwreck.
When both Viola and Sebastian are seen together, it creates much confusion among the Duke and the Countess. Viola then reveals that she is in fact a woman, and all ends well when Viola marries the Duke and Olivia marries Sebastian.
In the movie “She’s the Man,” Viola Hastings (played by Amanda Bynes) takes her runaway brother’s place at Illyria High School to get revenge on her old high school, Cornwall, and to get away from her controlling mother who is dead-set on making Viola into a debutant.
The coach at Cornwall refused to allow Viola and her teammates to try out for the boy’s soccer team after the girl’s team was cut. So when she goes to Illyria she hopes to join their boy’s soccer team posing as her brother, Sebastian, to beat her old school.
But she forgot a few things. For example, Viola didn’t plan on falling in love with her roommate, Duke Orsino. Duke has his eyes on a girl named Olivia, and she thinks she is falling in love with Sebastian, who has been in England with his band.
When he comes back, no one knows was replaced by his sister.
Sebastian tries to play soccer which nearly cost Viola her spot on the team. At halftime Viola and Sebastian switch back. The entire school then finds out Viola has been a girl the whole time. The Cornwall coach tries to get rid of Viola, because he knows with Viola it will cost Cornwall the match.
However The Illyria coach takes the soccer manual rips it in half and tells the Cornwall coach that at Illyria, they don’t discriminate against gender.
In the end Illyria wins. Duke and Viola are in love. Sebastian and Olivia are in love. Viola’s ex boyfriend and Sebastian’s ex girlfriend are miserable.
In both “The Twelfth Night” and “She’s the Man,” Viola pretends to be a boy and arrives in a place called Illyria. Olivia also falls in love with Sebastian. Viola and the Duke do fall in love, and both are comedic. I guess somethings never change even if the original play was written 400 years ago.