Viola's Character, Twelfth NightCan Viola be seen as weak or submissive because she agreed to woo Olivia on behalf of Orsino, the man that she loves?  

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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No, I think that Viola was playing coy. She eventually does find love. Viola is clever because she is a survivor. She dresses as a boy because she is a survivor. By passing messages back and forth, she makes herself instrumental to the plot.
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yousawinner | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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No, I think that Viola was playing coy. She eventually does find love. Viola is clever because she is a survivor. She dresses as a boy because she is a survivor. By passing messages back and forth, she makes herself instrumental to the plot.

So basically she is not submissive but quite strategical. Can we also say that she disguised herself as a means of survival in Illyria, the land she is not familiar with; or was it a sort of last resort plan, seeing how her first plan was to work for the duchess, who was also mourning for the loss of her brother?