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There are several major concepts presented in shakespeares TwelfthNight that are still relevant today as shown in the film Shes the Man Three of which are uncertainty of gender the danger and suffering oflove and madnessThe first concept uncertainty of gender is presented throughout theromantic comedy Twelfth Night and the film Shes the Man Gender isone of the most obvious and much-discussed topics in the play TwelfthNight a transvestite comedy in which a female character disguisesherself as a man This situation creates a sexual mess in both TwelfthNight and Shes the Man Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino butcannot tell him because he thinks she is a man while Olivia theobject of Orsinos affection falls for Cesario who is really ViolaOlivia is in love with a woman even if she thinks he is a man andOrsino often remarks on Cesarios beauty suggesting that he isattracted to Viola even before her male disguise is removed Orsino andOlivia both find tidy heterosexual gratification once the sexualambiguities and deceptions are straightened out Even in the end thingsare left kind of murky Orsinos declaration of love to Viola suggeststhat he enjoys prolonging the pretense of Violas masculinity Evenafter he knows that Viola is a woman Orsino continues to address Violaby her male name We can thus only wonder whether Orsino is truly inlove with Viola or if he is more enamoured of her male personaConcluding that the uncertainty of gender can reveal many uncertaintiesabout whether one loves another for who they are or if they simply loveanother because of what they see them as from the outside in rather thanthe inside outThe second concept the danger and suffering of love is also presentedvery thoroughly throughout the romantic comedy Twelfth Night and themovie Shes the Man Despite the happy ending in both where the loversfind one another and achieve happiness we also see that love can causea great danger Many of the characters seem to
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