In "Twelfth Night", Viola dresses up as Cesario. Why is this?

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In Act 1, Scene 2, Viola sees herself in what the Captain describes of Olivia:

A virtuous maid, the daughter of a count
That died some twelvemonth since; then leaving her
In the protection of his son, her brother,
Who shortly also died: for whose dear love
They say, she hath abjured the company
And sight of men.

Viola too has lost her father: and she has just lost her brother, so she thinks. The sorrow at these two losses leads Olivia to foreswear men altogether: and Viola completely empathises with her situation:

O that I...

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nickelodeondyer | Student

To gain employment as a eunuch in Duke Orsinio's court

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Viola disguises herself as a eunuch to travel independently in that society without a male support. Since she also wanted to serve Duke Orsino who had all male servants, she had to disguise herself as a boy.

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so she could support herself so she dresses as a boy so she can work for orsino

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