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Contrast between court life between rural life with relevance to as u like it

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zinnat | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 27, 2010 at 3:24 AM via web

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Contrast between court life between rural life with relevance to as u like it

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 28, 2010 at 12:28 PM (Answer #1)

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As You Like It is a play that deals with the pastoral ideal. Shakespeare uses the court and the Forest of Arden to idealize pastoral living and the social equlizing of dwelling in nature as opposed to the stilted social order of the court. The banished duke, instead of being miserable away from his court and all the luxury normally assoicated with it, is quite happy living out of doors with his companions. His only sadness is the fact that his beloved daughter Rosalind has been forced to stay behind to attend her cousin. 

In contrast, the duke's brother, the usurper, is not happy once he gains control over his brother's court, and does not find happiness for himself until he, too, ventures out into the forest, where he becomes a mendicant and restores the court back to his brother. Shakespeare is leaving it up to his audience to determine that it is not such a wonderful thing sometimes to be upper class, and that the nobility might be missing out on true nobility - living in harmony with the natural world.

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ainstien | Student | eNoter

Posted July 22, 2011 at 1:21 AM (Answer #2)

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As You Like It is a play that deals with the pastoral ideal. Shakespeare uses the court and the Forest of Arden to idealize pastoral living and the social equlizing of dwelling in nature as opposed to the stilted social order of the court. The banished duke, instead of being miserable away from his court and all the luxury normally assoicated with it, is quite happy living out of doors with his companions. His only sadness is the fact that his beloved daughter Rosalind has been forced to stay behind to attend her cousin.

In contrast, the duke's brother, the usurper, is not happy once he gains control over his brother's court, and does not find happiness for himself until he, too, ventures out into the forest, where he becomes a mendicant and restores the court back to his brother. Shakespeare is leaving it up to his audience to determine that it is not such a wonderful thing sometimes to be upper class, and that the nobility might be missing out on true nobility - living in harmony with the natural world.

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manishamishra | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted August 28, 2012 at 5:01 PM (Answer #3)

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court life has all the luxories which one always thinks of whreas the forest life lacked it the court was full of jealousy but on the other hand forest life was free of all this

 

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