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In Shakespeare's day, the definition of a comedy was not the same as it is today. Elizabethan/Shakespearean comedy usually involved a plotline that revolved around young lovers in difficult situations, deception among the characters (and often cross-dressing), and an ending that involved more than one marriage. The comedies emphasized the situation over the relationship and frequently dealt with class issues. All of these elements show up in As You Like It. Rosalind is in a difficult situation because her uncle has deposed her father and sent him to live in the woods; she disguises herself to join him; she falls in love with Orlando; her cousin, who has accompanied her, also falls in love, as does the court fool Touchstone. After many silly adventures, all of the lovers are married and her father regains his throne.
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