By William Shakespeare
Shakespeare's As you love it will possibly seem vivid or somber in functionality: a ceremonial dinner of language and a pride for comedian actors; or a risk-taking exploration of gender roles. This version bargains an account of what makes the play either blameless and hazardous, mapping the complexities of its environment (a no-man's-land regarding either France and England) and giving an plentiful observation on its language and an analytical account of functionality.
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7 Overall the gentlemen in exile, just like their counterparts in the legends of Robin Hood, are not revolutionaries but remain steadfastly loyal to their prince. However, while As You Like It was probably being written, plays like Fulke Greville's closet drama Alaham (1598-1600) did subject court life to a sharp moral 1 2 For the contrast between arcadian Edens and Utopian New Jerusalems, see W. H. Auden, 'Dingley Dell and the Fleet' , The Dyer's Hand and Other Essays, 1962, pp. 407-28.
Yet we have to remember that world of pastoral, so closely associated with 'nature', is self-authenticating: pastoral worlds, where 'nature' invokes a myth of political equality, serve to define those elements of 'civilised' life which are 'unnatural', cruel, or concerned with social climbing. 2 It also looks back to a less distant feudal world where social status depended upon kinship rather than upon wealth, a change that we see Orlando refusing to accept in the play's first scene. Arden is a place of cure and re-creation if not recreation: the forest magic associated with Rosalind3 eventually extends as far as the court, where the usurping Duke is converted to the religious life so that Duke Senior can find his dukedom again and justice be restored.
31-7) Of a diverted blood and bloody brother. 60), seems to derive from the pulpit of a fundamentalist preacher: what we might expect from a convert from Italianate libertinism. Selfdisdain may explain his ambivalent attitude to Touchstone whom he admires for his capacity to unmask folly and vice but despises for his cheerless and obdurate pursuit of female flesh. 158-9). 2 This was the liberty that Jaques had abused by taking himself out of the ambience of authority: For thou thyself hast been a libertine, As sensual as the brutish sting itself, And all th'embossèd sores and headed evils That thou with licence of free foot hast caught Wouldst thou disgorge into the general world.