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As You Like It

William Shakespeare

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full title  ·  As You Like It

author  · William Shakespeare

type of work  · Play

genre  · Comedy, pastoral

language  · English

time and place written  ·  15981600; London, England

date of first publication  · First published in the Folio of 1623

publisher  · Isaac Jaggard and Edmund Blount

tone  · Comic, romantic

setting (time)  · Sixteenth century

setting (place)  · France, primarily the fictional Forest of Ardenne

protagonist  · Rosalind

major conflict  · Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, but Rosalind is unjustly banished from Duke Frederick’s court; Orlando is both denied his birthright by his jealous brother Oliver and forced to flee from the vindictive Duke Frederick.

rising action  · In order to teach Orlando how to be a proper husband to her, Rosalind disguises herself as a young man named Ganymede and instructs him in the ways of love.

climax  · Rosalind promises to marry Orlando and gets Phoebe to agree to marry Silvius, should things go awry with her beloved Ganymede, who is actually Rosalind in disguise.

falling action  · Rosalind, appearing as herself, marries Orlando, and Phoebe marries Silvius.

themes  · The delights of love; the malleability of the human experience; city life versus country life

motifs  · Artifice; homoeroticism; exile

symbols  · Orlando’s poems; the slain deer; Ganymede

foreshadowing  · Rosalind’s uncharacteristically awkward first encounter with Orlando anticipates the depth of her affection for him.

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Character Mix-Up

by girlfatal, July 24, 2013

This Sparknote for Act II, Scene IV states that Corin is the young shepherd and Silvius is the old shepherd. It is the other way around. The Oxford Shakespeare's character list states:

Corin, an old shepherd
Silvius, a young shepherd, in love with Pheobe

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MISTAKEN SPELLING

by nikki123444, October 26, 2013

The spelling of de boys is given as de bois.This is wrong as in all major textbooks it is given as de boys.

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What is to Shakespeare 'The Forest of Arden' in his play 'As You Like It'?

by Shehanaz, December 09, 2013

RITUPARNA RAY CHAUDHURI(SHEHANAZ)
‘AS YOU LIKE IT’- WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
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AS YOU LIKE IT IS A SHAKESPEARE'S ROMANTIC COMEDY, BLENDING WITH LOVE-HEROISM-SENTIMENT-ADVENTURE-AND PURE FUN. THE FOREST IS MERELY A GOLDEN WORLD, BUT ITS CONTENTMENT HAS DEALT OF THE BITTER LESSONS OF LIFE. (DR.S.SEN)
PRONOUNCE THE WORD 'ARDEN'-PERHAPS A PUN BY PRONOUNCING IT A-DEN-- A FOLIAGE OF MATERIALISTIC WORLD.
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