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

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´╗┐Mrs. Muthama Njeri Muhia Literature Make a close analysis on Act 2 Scene 4, focusing on tone, character, dramatic action and language. Only but a million foolish actions have been made in the name of love. In Act 2 Scene 4 Shakespeare brings out the themes of a pastoral romance, as seen through the dialogue and tone of the scene. Shakespeare uses the characters to build on the absurdity, passion as well as foolishness of love, and at the same time, demonstrates the realities of the Forest of Arden, creating a sharp contrast between the typical pastoral romantic setting, and the atypical political issues of the Forest. Shakespeare introduces the theme of Romance in As You Like It through the use of dialogue and language, illustrating the absurdity, humor, and foolishness of the love in this play. Silvius? dramatic expression of love for ?Phebe, Phebe, Phebe!? is desperate and ridiculous. His proclamations of love are written in verse, as well as having a refrain, making his declaration so moving and romantic. ...read more.


who is almost as love struck as Silvius, will probably found doing foolish things in the name of her love for Orlando. The use of stock characters in this scene further develops on the pastoral romance of the scene as well as the play. Silvius is the patrician lover, who idolizes and worships Phebe, his part in the play is only to develop the theme of love and romance, and as seen in this scene, it is his only contribution to the dialogue. Phebe is another stock character in this scene as well as play. Although the audience in this scene does not formally meet her, the audience can infer from Silvuis? desperate tone that she is the disdainful fair maiden of the play, as Corin mentions that she ?scorn[s]? Silvius ?still. This form of love, is a popular dramatic technique, Shakespeare basically develops courtly love in this scene, as Silvius? love is ideal, sexless, and the woman is placed on a pedestal. ...read more.


This is further emphasized when Corin, the wise old shepherd, his tone of exasperation and helplessness, when explaining how he is ?shepherd to another man? and describing his own poverty in the Forest of Arden. Corin?s words are written in verse, giving his words more weight and conviction. He basically points out that ?there is nothing? to truly earn for the working shepherds of Arden. Shakespeare chooses to highlight the political issues of the denizens of Arden, which is completely unconventional considering that the pastoral setting should be completely amazing and free of problems. Shakespeare probably uses these political issues to highlight the issues of his time, criticizing the political system of the time. Making it clear through not exposing the greed only in the court, but in Arden as well. In totality, this scene demonstrates how beautifully Shakespeare uses conventional methods to convey the theme of romance in As You Like It, but also manages to intertwine it with atypical descriptions of the setting to subtly highlight the political issues of the time. This is achieved through his skilled use of diction, description as well as form. ...read more.

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