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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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 ?many actions most ridiculous?, and it is through his conviction and declaration, that he says that if one has not done anything absurd in the name of love, ?thou hast not loved?. Rosalind, recognizes and almost is kin to this frenetic kind of love. Shakespeare uses Touchstone?s parody of Silvius? words to further emphasize the stupid things that people do in the name of love.

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  8. 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, ?His horses are bred better? than his own younger brother. Furthermore, his dark nature is further described when he has no real reason for hating Orlando, yet he ?hates nothing more than he?. 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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  9. "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, ?beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.? 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, ??so shall

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