Sparknotes As You Like It
No Fear Shakespeare: As You Like It is a popular comedy by William Shakespeare which revolves around the protagonist, Rosalind. Rosalind...
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No Fear Shakespeare: As You Like It is a popular comedy by William Shakespeare which revolves around the protagonist, Rosalind. Rosalind is the daughter of a Duke who has been exiled by his younger brother, Frederick, who has usurped the Duchy belonging to his brother and himself.
Frederick has, however, allowed Rosalind to stay back, for she is very dear to his daughter, Celia. When Orlando, a young gentleman, falls in love with Rosalind, he is persecuted by Oliver, his older brother. Following this, he flees from the kingdom. When Frederick hears of these developments, he flies into a rage and banishes Rosalind.
Celia and her jester Touchstone accompany Rosalind and reach the Forest of Arden. Celia is now dressed as a poor woman and Rosalind as young man. This is also the forest where Rosalind’s father is serving his exile and the place where Orlando is hiding.
Rosalind, still disguised as a man and calling herself Ganymede, soon meets Orlando. Meanwhile, Phebe, a shepherdess, has fallen for Ganymede, while Touchstone has fallen in love with Audrey, another shepherdess. Also, Silvius is in love with Phebe.
Soon, Silvius, Ganymede, Orlando, and Phebe clash with each other in an argument. As confusion deepens, a lot still remains to be resolved on many fronts. Who will be married to whom? When will Rosalind finally reveal himself? What will become of Frederick and what will be the repercussions of the injustice he inflicted upon his brother?
Will everything end in joy and song or will the story leave something to be desired?
Readers will be able to find the answers for these questions through the explanations provided in this book. The book also contains character sketches, important questions, and helpful commentary. Published in 2007, this edition was edited by Sparknotes.
About William Shakespeare
Often called ‘The Bard’, William Shakespeare is considered to be the greatest English dramatist and poet to have ever lived.
Other comedies by William Shakespeare include All's Well That Ends Well, The Comedy of Errors, Love's Labour's Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and The Winter's Tale.
William Shakespeare’s writing style in his comedies stuck to a definite pattern. They were mostly romantic comedies, focusing on a few main characters and plenty of stock characters to provide humour. There was much festivity, singing, and dancing in his plays, and he wrote in a language that was stylised and often poetic.
Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, 38 plays, two long poems, and other shorter ones. Raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, he received no formal education and was married to Anne Hathaway by the age of 18. He had three children with her. He began his career in London, where he became a successful actor and writer. He also co-owned a theater company called King’s Men. While he is known as a powerhouse in English literature, not much is known about his personal life. He died in Stratford-upon-Avon at the young age of 49. His plays remain world renowned, still performed, studied, and analysed in different contexts and cultures the world over.
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