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How is the play "As You Like It" a comedy and give reasons why?
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The play is a comedy for several reasons. First, it is a comedy in the sense of its dramatic form: the good characters end up together, and the lovers marry happily. Second, the mood is rarely darkened; it is easy to believe in a good universe here. Third, though, it is also a comedy in the sense of being funny. Some of the humor ranges is pretty obvious: Touchstone is a clown, and is an open exaggeration and parody. Other elements of humor are somewhat lighter, like the word play between the characters, the puns, and so on.
Posted by gbeatty on July 1, 2008 at 9:56 AM (Answer #1)
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"As You Like It" has many shared elements with some of Shakespeare's more famous comedies: the idea of the forest as a magic or transformative space away from restrictive and tyrannical society ("A Midsummer night's dream"); the theme of unrequited love and gender switching from ("Twelfth night"); and the exiled Duke and his playful daughter from ("The Tempest").
The mood is light, and it is easy to read, even though it may not be as compelling a read as the aforementioned comedies.
My college professor always asked this question when we were trying to categorized the plays: Did anyone die? If the answer is "no," then it is most likely a comedy. The tragedies and most of the histories record deaths within the text. The comedies never do...not even "The Taming of the Shrew".
Posted by amy-lepore on July 1, 2008 at 9:12 PM (Answer #2)
as you like it is a boring comedy
because it is written in the elizabethan time, people will find it difficult to connect to its script in the mordern times.
Posted by puru-b on November 18, 2011 at 1:04 AM (Answer #3)
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