What does Viola learn about herself in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night?

Expert Answers info

Tamara K. H. eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2010

write3,619 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

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...

(The entire section contains 418 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

check Approved by eNotes Editorial