As You Like It topic analysis - Wisniewski 1 Kathryn Wisniewski Professor Amy Green ENG-450 12 March 2017 Topic Analysis-As You Like It Gender can often

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Wisniewski Kathryn Wisniewski Professor Amy Green ENG-450 12 March 2017 Topic Analysis -As You Like It Gender can often times be seen as a strength or as a weakness. Males tend to be thought of as smart, strong, and in charge individuals while women are thought of as the weak one who is supposed to serve her husband. Shakespeare tends to ignore these gender role stereotypes and even completely switches the traditional gender roles up. Shakespeare’s As You Like It defies the fixed identities and the exclusionary choices of the everyday world, offering instead a world of multiple possibilities and transformable identities by showing the struggle between families and using disguises to temporarily exchange gender roles allowing characters to escape from their own personalities. As You Like It is a love story with an abundance of family drama. Sir Rowland de Boys died and left his two sons Oliver the oldest and Orlando the youngest behind. Oliver treats his brother Orlando terrible and even tells the local court wrester to break his neck. Orlando ends up wrestling the court wrestler and beating him. During the wrestling match Orlando caught the eye of a girl named Rosalind who is the daughter of exiled Duke Senior, who used to rule over the French court.

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