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    Discuss how successfully the dramatic device of disguise is used in ‘As You Like It.’

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    Celia's father, the Duke, then interrupts them, to banish Rosalind. The reasons for his actions are that the people pity Rosalind, because she has lost her father. Also, they admire her "silence and patience." So, under the pretence that Rosalind is a traitor, he banishes her, to make Celia "show more bright and seem more virtuous when she is gone." However, Celia objects to this, as she loves Rosalind dearly. So, she decides to join Rosalind in her banishment, and that they will go to the forest of Arden, to search for her uncle, Rosalind's father.

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  2. Young gentlemen flock to him every day and fleet the time carelessly as they did in the golden world How does Shakespeare explore the notion of an idealised past in As you like it

    Another example of how the Forest shuns the modern world of the court is through the supposed abolition of hierarchy; Duke Senior refers to his comrades as his 'brothers in exile'. This crucially means that the relationship between Duke Senior and his 'merry men' is one of necessary friendship, as compared to the court in which 'Most friendship is feigning'. This suggests that in the ideal world of the forest, the relationship of man is equal and without artificial dominance/subservience.

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  3. Forest life changes the characters in As you like it, do you agree?

    One can argue that the characters do respond to the forest, and their characters change as such. One particularly significant example is how Shakespeare constructs the forest as a place of alternative knowledge; Duke Senior finds that the 'winds are his councillors' and that the 'trees shall be my (his) books', that they find 'sermons in stones'. This highlights the homiletic edification that occurs when one engages with nature, and indeed, this is paralleled by the discourse expressed between Rosalind and Celia in Act I, where they comment on how fortune (A product of the court)

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  4. English Shakespeare

    On the other hand life in the court seems to lack this optimism and instead living in developed areas (towns, villages, cities etc) seems to damage love between characters due to the stress and demand of court life. This type of romance is also strongly associated with disguise and the thought of characters falling in love with the opposite sex even when in disguise. The love in Shakespeare's plays was recognised by the public of the Elizabethan period who had a good understanding about how genuine and pure love was between characters along with a good perception of the characters personalities (such as social status)

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  5. As You Like It: The presentation of the theme's of love

    weights upon my tongue?', another traditional aspect of such a romance, perhaps Shakespeare is attempting to satire the conventions of love such as these in this comedy. A new aspect comes to light when Rosalind disguised a Ganymede persuades Orlando to 'come everyday to woo me.' Orlando's undeniable attraction to Rosalind whilst in her guise is surprising and humours the audience. Orlando steadily becomes interested and intrigued by Ganymede's offer to cure and test him of his love by wooing him as if he were Rosalind, from his original hesitant attitude.

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  6. In what ways does this passage contribute to your view of the friendship between Rosalind and Celia?

    I shall explore the relationship between them, how they treat each other. This particular passage is very emotional; Rosalind is concerned and worried about what's going to happen to her and Celia willing to give up everything for her cousin. At the beginning of this passage, we can tell from Rosalind's short answers that she is very depressed; 'I have more cause', 'That he hath not'. The short and blunt answers show how much Rosalind is suffering. There is also a contrast in how Rosalind speaks compared to how Celia speaks.

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  7. Genre Defense of Shakespeare's As You Like It

    The Forest of Arden gives the characters freedom to act in such silly manners. Once their love relationships have been realized in marriage, the couples can prepare to return to the order, and presumably reason, of the court. The plot of As You Like It centers on the love relationships of four couples. Made up of the lovers' stories and the story of the overthrown Duke Senior, who has fled into the Forest of Arden, the plot is quite complex. It centers on the movement of the characters from the court to the forest and then readying themselves to return to court.

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  8. Consider the importance of family relationships in 'As You Like It'. Explain how Shakespeare presents various family relationships. Comment on what the play suggests about conflict or harmony between generations.

    However, her loss is soon forgotten when she meets Orlando. This represents that young adults are attached to their parents to a certain extent, but are often forgotten when other interests come into play, for example love interests. Critics could argue that this suggests that this family relationship is not particularly important in 'As You Like It'. However, this relationship allows the play to progress, when Rosalind and Celia set out into the Forest of Arden to search for Duke Senior.

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  9. Rosalind goes too far in using the power of disguise to be an admirable heroine. - Explain how Rosalind was presented in the play. - Comment on how far you find her to be a satisfactory character.

    It is said by some critics that this decision shows Rosalind's valiance; instead of despairing at being banished, she acts rapidly and wisely. In her new disguise as Ganymede, Rosalind adopts a manly, rustic courage, as though she were indeed the brother of Aliena. Even when she felt desperate and weary, she maintains this courageous persona by comforting Celia and looking out for both of them - for when she meets Corin she says: "I prithee shepherd, if that love or gold Can in this desert place buy entertainment, Bring us where we may rest ourselves and feed.

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  10. Explore some of the dramatic and linguistic means by which Shakespeare presents various aspects of love in As You Like It

    The conversation is in prose and the language used by both characters is specific to their type of love. The second extract follows on from this scene and occurs between Touchstone and Audrey. The fact that the second extract follows on immediately after the first exaggerates the antithesis between the characters and their attitudes regarding love and highlights the fact that Shakespeare has used language to show different forms of love. The first passage takes place in the forest and is the first occasion when Orlando and Rosalind are alone together. At this point in the play, Rosalind has assumed the identity of Ganymede, yet Orlando is still deeply attracted to her, which is humorous to the audience.

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  11. Character study of Rosalind from As You Like It.

    (111) By implying that Orlando's love is not true love, she immediately inspires Orlando to prove her wrong. Orlando, becoming a little suspicious, inquires why her accent is not rough as a result of her living in the secluded forest her entire life. She retorts almost immediately with an elaborate story in which she states, "But indeed and old religious uncle of mine taught me to speak, who was in his youth an inland man, one that knew courtship too well, for there he fell in love. I have heard him read many lectures against it." Although a lie, Rosalind uses this sly and deceptive speech to give herself the excuse to sound educated and the ability to discuss love.

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  12. Is Rosalind the perfect heroine?

    The traditional method takes the idea that all characters are real and have lives of their own. This is very different to the modern method as it is structured around the idea that characters are only functions that portray Shakespeare's ideas. They are all part of Shakespeare's stage craft. They reflect the bigger aspect of the play. They all have particular dramatic functions, and are set in a social and political world with particular values and beliefs. Looking at a play from a traditional approach is a more imaginative and less academic, however this does allow the audience to become involved and emotionally attached to the characters.

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  13. Imagine that you have the Opportunity to Direct a Production of As You Like It.

    It will be a male cast, to add the whole mistaken identity feel to it. It also comic effect on the audience it is quite amusing imagining a boy, playing a girl, who has to pretend she is a boy. The costumes of the characters in the modernised version of As You Like it will be very simple. When in the court the boys will wear dark blue jeans, white shirts, ties, which are loosely tied around their necks, will be red and black in colour. As shoes, they will wear loafers and their hair will be gelled and spiky.

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  14. "In As You Like It Shakespeare weaves delightful variations on the pattern of romantic love." Illustrate and discuss.

    It is true love at first sight, another traditional feature of such a romance. However, a new dimension is added by Rosalind's disguise as Ganymede and her suggestion that Orlando pretend to court her. Orlando's attraction to her in her boyish guise is unexpected and sets the audience into fits of laughter. His gradual progression from a brusque retort to Ganymede's cheeky question, "I pray you, what is't o'clock?" to interest, as indicated by his questions about who time trots, ambles, and gallops with, to attraction, as can be seen by his addressing Ganymede as "pretty youth", and sentences laden

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  15. In What Ways is 'As You Like It' a Typical Shakespearean Comedy?

    Shakespeare's intelligence, rather than his own, is always putting Touchstone at an advantage, in order that Touchstone may be heard in the play and note be given to his jokes. In addition, his mastery of the conventions of nonsense, his stock-in-trade, may even give him an appearance of a cleverness and even of a critical acumen which could make him a touchstone of real value. His words, however, lack profanity. They are mostly truisms, and it is difficult to find him with anything important to say.

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  16. Support the view that Shakespeare is examining different kinds of love and marriage in As You Like It

    Rosalind then runs off into the forest of Arden dressed as a man called Ganymede. Orlando also flees to the forest where he writes ridiculous love poems and posts them on trees for Rosalind to find. Rosalind, dressed as Ganymede, then becomes friends with Orlando and gives him advice on ways to go about asking her to marry him. She does this by pretending to be Rosalind while dressed as Ganymede. This is so Orlando does not recognise it is her.

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  17. Celia’s Role In “As You Like It”

    This in itself is an example of Celia supporting Rosalind with lines like: CELIA: I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry. Therefore, my sweet Rose, my dear Rose, be merry. She plays games with Rosalind throughout the play. Not necessarily in the way that she runs rings around her and leave Rosalind confused and dazed, but both compete in witty and humorous conversation. Celia's relationship with Touchstone is based upon the respect that Touchstone manages to earn by being intelligent, witty, and by tricking and deceiving both women about things, such as when he talks about her and Rosalind both having beards.

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  18. Close Analysis on Act 2 Scene $ focusing on tone, character, dramatic action and language

    However, the desperate tone of his words, making it seem as though no other man can match his love for his disdainful mistress. Silvius mentions that lovers make âmany actions most ridiculousâ, and it is through his conviction and declaration, that he says that if one has not done anything absurd in the name of love, âthou hast not lovedâ. Rosalind, recognizes and almost is kin to this frenetic kind of love. Shakespeare uses Touchstoneâs parody of Silviusâ words to further emphasize the stupid things that people do in the name of love.

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  19. Shakespeare creates dramatic patterns by making characters equivalent or contrasting in As You Like it to craete dramatic action

    When the audience is first introduced to Oliver, it becomes clear that he is a hostile character, âHis horses are bred betterâ than his own younger brother. Furthermore, his dark nature is further described when he has no real reason for hating Orlando, yet he âhates nothing more than heâ. Having no real reason to despise his brother, Oliver is the archetypal stock villain who has no other purpose than to commit be evil and commit evil deeds. This is further emphasized in his soliloquies, which captures his true emotions.

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  20. "As you like it". What does Rosalinds disguise suggest about the fluidity or fixity of gender in the play?

    However, the question remains as to how they will travel to the forest, considering that, âbeauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.â In order to conceal herself from the savagery of thieves and robbers, Rosalind must take on the disguise of a male figure in order to hide her womanly qualities. It is suggested here that gender is susceptible to change in order to suit ones needs. Rosalind disguises herself as a teenage shepherd, Ganymede, so as to not attract attention from assailants as a woman could; as Celia says, ââ¦so shall

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