As You Like It | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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as-you-like-it-william-shakespeare_v3Celia, Act I, Scene IIIow go we in contentTo liberty, and not to banishment.Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Royal Shakespeare CompanyCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Court vs. CountryLife at court is comfortable, but country life offers freedom.Loyalty & DisloyaltyThe loyalty of friends, family, and lovers is tested repeatedly.Love & MarriageFour couples face the trials of love with marriage as the goal.ThemesClever, cynical court jester; escorts Rosalind and Celia into the forestTouchstoneWitty, brave young woman; disguises herself as a man and falls in love with OrlandoRosalindYoung man of great honor and of noble blood but poor in fortune; loves RosalindOrlandoPractical young woman; loyal to her cousin and best friend, RosalindCeliaMain CharactersShakespeare borrowed liberally from popular romance literature of the time to create the crowd-pleasing pastoral comedy As You Like It. The plays unpredictable plot twists, amusing speeches, and characters in disguise entertain, while the themes of love and loyalty lend depth to the play.WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE15641616AuthorThe exiles triumph in love, regain their fortunes, and marry.Act VRosalind, disguised as a man, helps Orlando practice his wooing skills and tests his love. Acts II–IVRosalind, Celia, and Touchstone leave court and begin a humble life in Arden.Act INoble lords and young lovers flee the conniving and treacherous world of court life to find personal freedom and simple pleasures in the Forest of Arden, where love is everywhere. Disguises, deceit, and sudden twists complicate matters, but happy endings are within reach. Escape to the Forest of ArdenOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Languagec. 15981600Years WrittenWilliam ShakespeareAuthorAs You Like ItComedyPlay

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