However, it should be remembered Diana is mentioned by Shakespeare in at least ten other plays, and is often depicted in myth and art as at her bath.
Shakespeare would take up some of the themes more seriously later: As a mood of a character changes, he or she may change from one form of expression to the other in mid-scene. The characters do not struggle to become more pliant—their changes are instantaneous.
The love-story of Audrey and Touchstone is a parody of romantic love. The play, turning upon chance encounters in the forest and several entangled love affairs in a serene pastoral setting, has been found, by many directors, to be especially effective staged outdoors in a park or similar site.
As the veteran shepherd Corin tells us, "those that are good manners at the court are ridiculous in the country as the behavior of the country is most mockable at court" III. At the end, Hymen himself arrives to bless the wedding festivities. The Forest of Arden is initially presented to us as a romanticized and idealized alternative to the cruelty of the court under Duke Frederick and the "evil" brother Oliver.
Sir Oliver Martext, a curate Other characters: Shaw liked to think that Shakespeare wrote the play as a mere crowdpleaserand signalled his own middling opinion of the work by calling it As You Like It — as if the playwright did not agree.
When Touchstone is asked by Corin how he likes life as a shepherd, the jester answers: That perspective or worldview is brought to the fore in the person of Rosalind as both a woman and a man and contrasted with the dour outlook of Jaques.
Duke Frederick is converted by a hermit and he restores the dukedom to Duke Senior who, in his turn, restores the forest to the deer. Audrey by Philip Richard Morris Orlando and his servant Adam, meanwhile, find the Duke and his men and are soon living with them and posting simplistic love poems for Rosalind on the trees.
While they recognize the hardships of natural life, the good Duke and his men are a merry lot, happy to trade their station at court for the freedom of the woods. The most dramatic and unmistakable change, of course, occurs when Rosalind assumes the disguise of Ganymede. The elaborate gender reversals in the story are of particular interest to modern critics interested in gender studies.
In many of the love-stories, it is love at first sight. A passage between Touchstone, the court jester, and shepherd Corin establishes the contentment to be found in country life, compared with the perfumed, mannered life at court. But Shakespeare also includes some negative dimensions to country life, which is seen to be physically strenuous with uncertain terrain, lions and miscreants roaming about along with bumpkins and rural fools.
Thus, the play ends on a note of rejoicing and merry-making. In fact, the epilogue, spoken by Rosalind to the audience, states rather explicitly that she or at least the actor playing her is not a woman.
The main action of the first act is no more than a wrestling match, and the action throughout is often interrupted by a song. This principle of "love at first sight" is seen in the love-stories of Rosalind and Orlando, Celia and Oliver, as well as Phebe and Ganymede.
There is, however, a particular point of view that is brought to bear on the subjects that arise in its course love, aging, time, nature, and the like. Pastoral mode[ edit ] Walter DeverellThe Mock Marriage of Orlando and Rosalind, The main theme of pastoral comedy is love in all its guises in a rustic setting, the genuine love embodied by Rosalind contrasted with the sentimentalised affectations of Orlando, and the improbable happenings that set the urban courtiers wandering to find exile, solace or freedom in a woodland setting are no more unrealistic than the string of chance encounters in the forest which provoke witty banter and which require no subtleties of plotting and character development.
It seems likely this play was written aftersince Francis Meres did not mention it in his Palladis Tamia. Rosalind speaks an epilogue to the audience, commending the play to both men and women in the audience. Oliver also undergoes a change of heart and learns to love Orlando.
Certainly, these transformations have much to do with the restorative, almost magical effects of life in the forest, but the consequences of the changes also matter in the real world: William, another shepherd, attempts to marry Audrey as well, but is stopped by Touchstone, who threatens to kill him "a hundred and fifty ways.
Furthermore, the vengeful and ambitious Duke Frederick abandons all thoughts of fratricide after a single conversation with a religious old man.
Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom who at first sight has fallen in love with Rosalind, is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver.
The entire section is 1, words. The new Duke Frederick usurps his older brother Duke Senior, while Oliver parallels this behavior by treating his younger brother Orlando so ungenerously as to compel him to seek his fortune elsewhere.
The Delights of Love As You Like It spoofs many of the conventions of poetry and literature dealing with love, such as the idea that love is a disease that brings suffering and torment to the lover, or the assumption that the male lover is the slave or servant of his mistress.
In As You Like It, Shakespeare dispenses with the time--consuming and often hard-won processes involved in change. The posthumous publication of Hero and Leander would have revived interest in his work and the circumstances of his death. It is another song which adds a lively spectacle and some forest-colouring to contrast with love-talk in the adjoining scenes.
By the end of the play, having successfully orchestrated four marriages and ensured the happy and peaceful return of a more just government, Rosalind proves that love is a source of incomparable delight.
The shepherdess, Phebe, with whom Silvius is in love, has fallen in love with Ganymede Rosalind in disguisethough "Ganymede" continually shows that "he" is not interested in Phebe.Love is the central theme of As You Like It, like other romantic comedies of Shakespeare. Following the tradition of a romantic comedy, As You Like It is a tale of love manifested in its varied forms.
Discussion of themes and motifs in William Shakespeare's As You Like It. eNotes critical analyses help you gain a deeper understanding of As You Like It so you can excel on your essay or test. Shakespeare's Sonnets & Romantic Love in As You Like It Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It is clearly a pastoral comedy with a country setting, a theme revolving around love and a story which consists of a series of accidental meetings between characters and a resolution involving transformations of characters and divine intervention.
The theme of love in As You Like It is central to the play, and nearly every scene makes reference to it in one way or another. Shakespeare utilizes a range of different perceptions and presentations of love in As You Like It; everything from the bawdy love of the lower class characters to the.
Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. The Delights of Love. As You Like It spoofs many of the conventions of poetry and literature dealing with love, such as the idea that love is a disease that brings suffering and torment to the lover, or the assumption that the male lover is the slave or servant of his mistress.
Love in Shakespeare is a recurrent theme. The treatment of love in Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets is remarkable for the time: the Bard mixes courtly love, unrequited love, compassionate love and sexual love with skill and heart. Shakespeare does not revert to the two-dimensional representations of love typical of the time but rather explores love as a non-perfect part of the human condition.Download