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As You Like It - William Shakespeare
As You Like It
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As You Like It has long been admired as one of Shakespeare's most exuberant early comedies, complete with one of the Bard's funniest and toughest heroines, Rosalind. Based on Thomas Lodge's Elizabethan novel Rosalynde, As You Like It follows the discontented Orlando as he is exiled from the... show more
As You Like It has long been admired as one of Shakespeare's most exuberant early comedies, complete with one of the Bard's funniest and toughest heroines, Rosalind. Based on Thomas Lodge's Elizabethan novel Rosalynde, As You Like It follows the discontented Orlando as he is exiled from the tyrannical French court of Duke Frederick. By chance Frederick also banishes Rosalind, daughter of the usurped Duke Senior. The play then moves to the Forest of Arden, where chaos and misrule ensue, as Rosalind cross dresses "all points like a man", disguised as the saucy Ganymede and encourages the naive Orlando to "woo me, woo me, for now I am in a holiday humour". Meanwhile her clown Touchstone causes hilarity and havoc amongst the exiled lords and the pastoral inhabitants of the forest. The play concludes with Rosalind's extraordinary "unmasking" Epilogue addressed to the audience, where she offers to "kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased me". As You Like It remains one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, yet it is also appreciated by critics for its complex exploration of cross dressing and sexual politics, and its interest in relations between the country and the city. --Jerry Brotton
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781853260599 (1853260592)
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
Pages no: 102
Edition language: English
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4.0 As You Like It de William Shakespeare
La traición y enemistad entre el Duke Frederick, el hermano usurpador, y Duke Senior, el hermano usurpado, no es compartido por sus respectivas hijas, Celia y Rosalind, quienes deciden escapar juntas a un bosque alejado con un fiel bufón y con nuestra heroína, Rosalind, vestida de hombre para proteg...
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5.0 As You Like It / William Shakespeare
All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. I am always charmed when I go to see a Shakespearean play and hear familiar phrases. As You Like It certainly has its sha...
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5.0 Shakespeare's Accurately Titled Play - As You Like It
What a strange and wonderful play. It feels almost as if Shakespeare is satirizing himself and his audience, and the clue is in the play. The play starts out as by setting up good guys and bad guys and then the action moves off to the forest of Arden where it becomes entirely a silly romance. It ...
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
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4.5 A pastoral comedy with shades of Robin Hood
Back when I first read this play for university English I didn't think all that much of it because I had simply thrown it in with that collection of boring Shakespearian plays called 'The Comedy's' (not that I found all of the comedy's boring, just most of them because there were, in my opinion, sim...
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3.0 As You Like It
After reading Richard III and Othello recently, this light-hearted comedy seemed a bit tame. As You Like It is typically partnered with Twelfth Night, both known for their cross-dressing. As You Like It revolves around a Duke's banishment by his brother, forcing him into the Forest of Arden where it...
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