What does Viola learn about herself in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?
If Viola did not know so already, one thing she learns about herself is that she certainly possess a great deal of gumption. To have gumption is to be resourceful and even to be aggressive. Gumption is also defined as "courage, spunk, [or] guts" (Random House Dictionary). Viola shows gumption when she first decides to bravely go to work for Duke Orsino disguised as a eunuch. We learn in the very second scene that not only has Viola just survived a shipwreck, she believes she is the only member left in her family; her father died earlier, and now she believes her brother, her remaining guardian, has drowned in the shipwreck. More importantly, she is a wealthy noblewoman and knows full well what a vulnerable position she is in with respect to...
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