Comparison & Contrast Of Helena and Viola

Comparison & Contrast Of Helena and Viola

These last two plays that we have read have two distinct characters, Helena and Viola, which are similar and different in many ways. In this paper I plan to brush upon a few of them and give you, my readers some incite as to the enjoyment of reading about them. In the play “All’s Well That Ends Well,” we were introduced to a young lady who had been smitten by the looks of a young fellow she felt was not in her reach. Her name was Helena, the daughter of a very famous, deceased, court physician. She had the physical and mental attributes that could command the attention of any eligible bachelor, but un fortunately she didn’t have the correct social pedigree to entice the man whom she so dear cared for, Bertram, a court’s son. This first characteristic matches perfectly to a young lady we meet at the beginning of our second play, “Twelfth Night.” Her name was Viola; she too was smitten by the looks and manner of a man that well beyond her reach. Here she had been shipwrecked and ended up on this seacoast, a young, pretty, virgin woman, all alone. She then comes to find out that this “Duke” governs the land they are on, of whom she has heard of by her father, and she corrupts this plan to get next to him and try to win him over in love, as Helena tries to do to Bertram. To make thins more twisted, these two young women then concoct these schemes of deception and trickery to win their men. Helena puts her plan to work by getting close to her lovers father, as Viola tries to get close by disguising herself as a “Young Man” and wins over the trust of her lover himself. Both of these women seem to be extremely smart and head strong. They both see something they want and will do whatever it takes to get it. Helena gives the audience proof that she will stop at nothing during the first act, “… my project may deceive me, but my intents are fixed, and will not leave me.” One contrasting characterist…


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