She's The Man

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Amy Gunnells Mrs. Wooten AP LANG 2 2 May 2011 She’s the Man What happens when the high school girls’ soccer team is cut? And when the boys’ soccer team won’t let any girls try out? “Everybody knows girls aren’t as fast or strong or athletic as boys,” says the boys’ coach. So the only thing left to do is to prove them wrong by beating them. In the movie, “She’s the Man,” Viola Hastings pretends to be her brother, Sebastion, while he is actually in London. She has lie to her over the top lady-like mother who wants her to become a bigger part of the debutante and wear big, flowy, cumbersome dresses instead of playing soccer. So instead of going to her dad’s for the next two weeks like she had told her mother, she’s headed off to her brother’s new high school. She tries out for the boys’ soccer team in hope of playing in the game against her old school and also her ex-boyfriend who didn’t support her. The movie gives its portrayal of both men and women, shows conventional roles as well as how they step out of those roles, and demonstrates what society thinks. Girls are portrayed as very feminine and delicate, and boys are portrayed as typical macho men. Women are supposed to be involved in the debutante and wear awkwardly enormous dresses. They are also supposed to act proper and eat politely while attending luncheons. Men are superior athletes because they possess what’s “needed for power and success: muscles” (Brooks 410). Sebastion’s roommate, Duke, is a star athlete who constantly has his shirt off showing off how built he is. Women are sensitive and understanding and men are thought to be somewhat crude and thoughtless about relationships. While Viola is playing Sebastion, she tries to get the other guys to like her better. Her overly effeminate male friend decides that showing that Sebastion is good with the ladies will gain their approval. Three attractive
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