full title · As You Like It
author · William Shakespeare
type of work · Play
genre · Comedy, pastoral
language · English
time and place written · 1598–1600; 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.