• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

As You Like It by William Shakespeare: Essay Question

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Q. To what extent is the Forest of Arden an ideal place A. The Forest of Arden at first glance, is a country life of arcadian contentment, rustic tranquility, a 'golden world' in all its glory. A place to while away the hours like, 'the old Robin Hood of England.' And so is portrayed and backed up with the seemingly content Duke Senior and his merry men. Duke Senior praises the effects of Arden on him stating its different virtues in the forms of a healer, a nurturer and a counselor. Its effects on the people who come from the court are drastic if not almost instantaneous and bring out some unique aspect of their personality which is not yet known. ...read more.

Middle

It is the place where she can love Orlando without the strict rules and regulations that governed her previous residence. Likewise Orlando is provided an escape from his brother' oppression where he can leisurely convey his love for Rosalind. On the contrary, the Forest can divert from the pastoral convention as you peer into its harsh realities and its ill-effects on its limited population. Duke senior's opening speech was in reality an attempt to hearten his co-mates and brothers-in-exile. Although thinly veiled with heartening comments about the season's 'icy fang' as a counselor and the 'churlish chidings of the winter's wind' as a sweet use of adversity, it still remains that it is an icy fang and the winds do 'bite and blow upon his body.' ...read more.

Conclusion

But this is not completely so as we see an example of a cruelty and neglect in Corin's master. Moreover Celia, a lively character in the opening act of the play progressively loses her energy as she loses her friend (Rosalind) to forest follies. The forest also comes across as primitive. This is proven by the venison of the forest. The 'poor dappled fools' are subject to cruelty of the most primitive kind in their own dwellings. In conclusion, the Forest of Arden is in fact an ideal place for recuperation and introspection in the sense that many of the characters achieved transformations of sorts. However it is seen (with a few exceptions), that the characters of the play are unwilling to stay in the forest when presented with the alternative of the court. Therefore, the forest may be ideal, but is a short-lived idealness. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Other Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Other Plays essays

  1. How does Shakespeare present the two different worlds of court life and the rural ...

    Also the Court has been often described as a pompous place filled with pompous people, like for instance throughout the play Touchstone has acted in that way who calls when Corin asks who's there he replies "your better sir" In this play Shakespeare intended to show that no paradise is

  2. How and why does the character of Scrooge change?

    This is also another reason for Scrooge hating Christmas, which is based on the Christian religion. Scrooge's attitude to the poor, and charity, can be epitomised with his expression "Bah! Humbug!" . He displays a distinct lack of care, and responds to any mention of the poor with negligence.

  1. How does Shakespeare present the two different worlds of Court life and the rural ...

    Usurption of a throne shows a total disregard for all laws and therefore, can make people feel as though they can do the same. However after banishing Duke Senior, Duke Frederick instilled a rule by fear attitude. This put lawfulness back into the court and put an end to the

  2. In As You Like It Act 1 scene 2 and Act 2 scene 3 ...

    He has a brave and generous nature, accomplishing tasks that reveal his nobility and heroic characteristics. This is evident in Act 1 scene 2 in which Orlando attempts to defeat Charles the Wrestler. It is unlikely at the start that a man such as Orlando, who is literally less than

  1. Romantic Ideals in 'As You Like It'

    As Orlando and Rosalind's relationship begins to grow in the Forest, we can see that Orlando does not become so constrained but becomes more open as can be seen when he carves Rosalind's name into every tree in the Forest.

  2. Discuss the different types of love in Act 3 of As You Like It

    We can tell this after Silvius said she is like "the common executioner, whose heart th'accustom'd sight of death makes hard" begging her to go easy on him, but just in return receives Phoebe's mocking. She mocks him about his hyperbolic language and says "now show the wound mine eye hath made in thee".

  1. He may be entertaining, he may be clever, but Falstaff is morally repulsive and ...

    has been, it makes it seem like a long one, even from Hal's youth. On the other hand, Hal already has a lot of commitments to attend to and Falstaff will only impede him in his duties. We can see that Hal's obligations are rapidly increasing and that he does intend to take them on.

  2. An inspector calls essay

    The inspector creates tension when he announces the news of what has happened which hits all of the characters. There is more tension cuts through Birlings sentence and announces a girls name is Eva Smith.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work