As You Like It topic analysis - Wisniewski 1 Kathryn...

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WisniewskiKathryn WisniewskiProfessor Amy GreenENG-45012 March 2017Topic Analysis -As You Like ItGender can often times be seen as a strength or as a weakness. Males tend to be thoughtof as smart, strong, and in charge individuals while women are thought of as the weak one who issupposed to serve her husband. Shakespeare tends to ignore these gender role stereotypes andeven completely switches the traditional gender roles up. Shakespeare’sAs You Like Itdefies thefixed identities and the exclusionary choices of the everyday world, offering instead a world ofmultiple possibilities and transformable identities by showing the struggle between families andusing disguises to temporarily exchange gender roles allowing characters to escape from theirown personalities.As You Like Itis a love story with an abundance of family drama. Sir Rowland de Boysdied and left his two sons Oliver the oldest and Orlando the youngest behind. Oliver treats hisbrother Orlando terrible and even tells the local court wrester to break his neck. Orlando ends upwrestling the court wrestler and beating him. During the wrestling match Orlando caught the eyeof a girl named Rosalind who is the daughter of exiled Duke Senior, who used to rule over theFrench court.

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