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  1. Is the Forest of Arden a Place of Liberation?

    Shakespeare uses this convention in other plays such as 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to emphasise the contrast between different worlds. Apart from it being a fashionable form, the pastoral was a subtle way to make careful political comment about the current situation with a degree of safety. By 1599 when 'As You Like It' was probably first performed, Queen Elizabeth I was old and without an heir and the previous settled political situation was looking more insecure. Critical comments about the regime were likely to end in imprisonment or even execution, therefore Shakespeare sets his play in an area unlikely to be linked to the London court scene.

    • Word count: 1663
  2. Discuss the treatment of love in As You Like It, illustrating your argument with detailed reference to the text

    Rosalind lacks then the love Which teacheth thee that thou and I am one. The love between Rosalind and Celia is a close devotional love that is non-physical. Celia sees herself and Rosalind as one when Rosalind is banished and therefore believes herself banished also. Her love for Rosalind is deeper than her love for her father whom she willingly leaves behind. The alias she chooses also emphasises the removal from her father as Aliena means "alien, other, outcast, alien from her father" (Sowerby, York Notes Advanced, p23). The non-sexual love between Adam and Orlando reinforces the concept of same gender, non-sexual love between two characters.

    • Word count: 1554
  3. Final Messiah.

    Join me...and you shall be saved. Stand in my path and face my vengeance. For I am.....The Final Messiah. (music continues. Suddenly the doorbell rings. The music stops immediately cutting out of tune. The lights suddenly come back to normal and we see the stage. FM takes off his mask and puts on spectacles, a T-shirt. He looks like a different person- somewhat geeky, cowardly, worrying young man who looks older than his years. His voice also sound different slightly stammering- like Woody Allen's. The Stage: It is obvious that this is somebody's appartment but everything has a spartna air about it.

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  4. The concept of love at first sight in Shakespeare's comedies.

    Another Shakespearean comedy that is full of irrational characters falling in love instantly is As You Like It. Orlando and Oliver are particular foolish and over the top about their feelings towards Rosalind and Aliena. Orlando becomes a typical romantic fool when he meets and falls in love with Rosalind; just after they meet he declares, 'What passions hangs these weights upon my tongue? / I cannot speak to her, yet she urg'd conference' (AYLI, I.II). He claims that he will die without Rosalind and writes sappy poetry which cover the trees of the Forest of Arden. Yet at the same time, he claims to not understand his brother's instantaneous love: 'Is't possible, that on so little acquaintance you should like her?

    • Word count: 1470
  5. Review and history of Shakespeare's play 'As You Like It'.

    It can be said that the character of the treacherous and deceitful Oliver represents the court and that the attributes of the benevolent Orlando represent the forest. As early as line four, it can be seen that Orlando represents the forest as he experiences natural emotions- "There begins my sadness"-reflecting the natural state of the forest in which people are able to express their emotions freely and without limitations. Also, Orlando is rebellious ("mutiny against this servitude"), as are the rebels from the court who reside in the forest.

    • Word count: 3190
  6. A love story -composed as a play.

    (in a small classroom, Zhang li and Chen shan sit together, there are talking something. Liu jiang sit beside them alone. Zhao ming come into the classroom and try to find a place to sit. He stair at that two girls for a quite lone time. Then he sit with Liu jiang, his new friend) Zhao ming: hi good morning Liu jiang, have you benn here for a long time? Liu jiang: No, just a few minutes. Class will begin in 10 minutes. How are you today? Ming: Fine thank you! Hi, do you know those two girls sit in front of us?

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