She’s The Man!

 

The rule breaking behavior that is considered a violation by society in the film “She’s the  Man” directed by Andy Fickman, is the act of impersonation committed by none other than the protagonist Viola Hastings. Viola impersonates her brother Sebastian Hastings (with his permission) and enters Illyria mainly to join the boys’ soccer team due to her passion for soccer. The highlight of her strong pertinacious determination is to play this particular sport with the opposing gender, the males. Viola is considered as the star of the movie as the spotlight is on her throughout the majority of the film as she is the character filled with determination and persistency in achieving her goal that she has set up for herself even though she is suppressed completely by her coach from Cornwall and  her ex-boyfriend. She strives throughout the entire film to achieve her goal, to prove the society that they were wrong to go along with the stereotypical belief that women don’t play sports as well as the men and that they don’t have the abilities and capacities to do so. She struggles on behalf of the women for equality to be provided by their society.

How Viola chooses to carry out her scheme in achieving her ultimate goal is quite interesting in a unique way. She disguises herself as her brother Sebastian and to do this, she gets a hold of objects and clothing attire that help her create a masculine identity. Her disguise serves her well when the society believes her to be Sebastian. She does quite well of a job in shielding her feministic characteristics such as her voice, from the society when it is under the impression of her identity as being the individual, Sebastian. Such tools and techniques serve as mechanisms in aiding her to carry out her intentions regarding equality for women in the society. In modern culture and society, there has been a lot of improvement made concerning the treatment of women. The values have changed slightly compared to the previous generations, but even to this day, women are still treated unequally compared to men in many situations. The fact that these types of incidents do still take place is what this particular film portrays. The fact that the culture has such an influence over the society is what provokes the society to act in such a way. Which in turn results in the belief of males empowering women. This is illustrated in this featured film through scenes that accompany the “rule-breaking behavior event” , however this analysis focuses on the scene of the climax.

The scene that will be under analysis is the part where Viola actually gets onto the field to go against her ex-colleagues, the team that she desired to play along with before withdrawing from her previous league boarding school. She rises as the rival for Cornwall by playing for Illyria and in the middle of these specific moments, her disguise fails and her true identity is revealed such that she is a female. The fact that she is a woman playing alongside with the men on the soccer team is what is shocking to the audience (society in general) because it is out of the norm. This is not something that the society was familiar with accepting. This act of Viola’s can be justified because in the end, Viola proved the society and the stereotypical belief based on women and that they can’t play sports as well as men, wrong and she made them realize that women should be perceived as equal individuals as men. This topic of interest concerns the issue of women and how they are perceived by the society. They are viewed as individuals who are incapable of playing soccer as well as the men and so they are not taken into consideration as much as the men were.

Works Cited:

She’s The Man (Romantic comedy film 2006). n.d. Youtube. Youtube,  Feb 26,2006. Web. 31 Jan.2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OhwrMidSU.

We Do not Descriminate(Romantic comedy film 2006).n.d.Yoututbe. Youtube,Jul 31,2011.Web. 31 Jan 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rtuv8k09iI

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2 thoughts on “She’s The Man!

  1. Gender Discrimination is such a broad topic and impossible to cover in a few sentences. Given the confinement of this blog post, your most successful argument was focusing on one specific scene, which was the climax of this film. You were able to turn a film with an underlying message about inequality and evaluate it in the dramatistic perspective. You focused on Viola’s specific act of rule breaking and correlated it to the bigger picture of gender discrimination.

    You did job describing the drama according to the five elements of the dramatistic perspective. As the reader I was able to identify the act of rule breaking behavior which was Viola Hastings impersonating her brother to get a spot on the Illyria boys soccer team. You identified the agent that participated in this act, which was Viola Hastings. The agency, which was the tools, means, and techniques Viola used to impersonate her brother. The scene where the rule breaking act took place, being Illyria Academy. Lastly the purpose and motive as to why Viola Hastings went to the trouble of impersonating her brother was enclosed, which was for her old school to realize that woman should be treated equally to men.

    I believe your least successful argument was in relation to strengthening your topic of interest. Stating society’s apprehension associated with women’s engagement in male dominated sports is a valid statement. But to prove your assertion to the reader there should be some example to reinforce the topic of interest. A way to improve this would be to include a situation where this has taken place in society. For example, “Statistics show that female sports do not carry the same weight as male sports. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, male athletes get one hundred and seventy nine million dollars more in athletic scholarships each year than females do.”(Cassel). A current fact like this reinforces your topic of interest and proves to the reader that indeed, inequality is an ongoing barrier that society has placed on women.

    Overall you did a good job portraying She’s the Man written by Andy Fickman in the dramatistic perspective. This is one of my favorite movies so I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog post.

    Reference
    Cassel, Jean. “Gender Discrimination in Sports.” LIVESTRONG.COM. Grants Management System, 14 Jun 2011. Web. 3 Feb 2013. .

  2. *** PLEASE READ 2ND POST NOT 1ST ONE.
    Gender Discrimination is such a broad topic and impossible to cover in a few sentences. Given the confinement of this blog post, your most successful argument was focusing on one specific scene, which was the climax of this film. You were able to turn a film with an underlying message about inequality and evaluate it in the dramatistic perspective. You focused on Viola’s specific act of rule breaking and correlated it to the bigger picture of gender discrimination.

    You did a good job describing the drama according to the five elements of the dramatistic perspective. As the reader I was able to identify the act of rule breaking behavior which was Viola Hastings impersonating her brother to get a spot on the Illyria boys soccer team. You identified the agent that participated in this act, which was Viola Hastings. The agency, which was the tools, means, and techniques Viola used to impersonate her brother. The scene where the rule breaking act took place, Illyria Academy. Lastly the purpose and motive as to why Viola Hastings went to the trouble of impersonating her brother was enclosed, which was for her old school to realize that woman should be treated equally to men.

    I believe your least successful argument was in relation to strengthening your topic of interest. Stating society’s apprehension associated with women’s engagement in male dominated sports is a valid statement. But to prove your assertion to the reader there should be some example to reinforce the topic of interest. A way to improve this would be to include a situation where this has taken place in society. For example, “Statistics show that female sports do not carry the same weight as male sports. According to the Women’s Sports Foundation, male athletes get one hundred and seventy nine million dollars more in athletic scholarships each year than females do.”(Cassel). A current fact like this reinforces your topic of interest and proves to the reader that indeed, inequality is an ongoing barrier that society has placed on women.

    Overall you did a good job portraying She’s the Man written by Andy Fickman in the dramatistic perspective. This is one of my favorite movies so I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog post.

    Reference
    Cassel, Jean. “Gender Discrimination in Sports.” LIVESTRONG.COM. Grants Management System, 14 Jun 2011. Web. 3 Feb 2013. .

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