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How is As You Like It a comedy?

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dikshasamsukha | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:11 AM via web

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How is As You Like It a comedy?

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kankanivarsha | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM (Answer #1)

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William Shakesper's As You Like It falls in the genre of romantic pastoral comdey setting its major actions in the Forest of Arden. Its is a play which delas with the theme of love, issues of brotherhood and violation of primogeniture. In a comedy,the characters are insignificant and laughable. But there is alo an exposure of flaw in characters and renewal of life and towards the end all obstructions and conflicts are ressolved. The same happens here, the conflicts raised at the begining are resolved at the end of the play. But the characters of Jaques seems to challenge the completeness of the closure achieved at the end of the comedy. 

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kshav | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 23, 2009 at 6:23 PM (Answer #2)

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AS you like it is a comedy in the presence of Touchstone, the court's clown. Touchstone's foolishness is remarkable by the 'audience' but his neutral judgement is a vital part also. As you like it is a story of many themes. it may include jovial themes, love themes, comic themes and so on. It is also remarked that pastoral life (i.e in the forest of ardenne) is more relaxed than the tensed atmosphere in the court, especially under the presence of Duke Frederick,the usurper. Jaques also turns some scenes into comedy, as he also wants to be a fool, he tries to attract attention on him as well as he tries to entertain (but only causing annoyment) Duke Senior and his lords. "A fool ! A motley fool !" - those words which are pronounced by Jaques in the play when he tells Duke Senior that he has met a fool and wants to become one. Jaques is in some way ridiculised by the duke. this may create laughter to the audience and also making the play more alive and interesting (not forgetting that as you like it is a long play indeed and many may find this very boring)

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nirmita | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 19, 2012 at 6:03 AM (Answer #3)

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As you like it is comedy as those plays which have happy ending and at the end when every rivallary comes to end that play is referred as cemedy.

But As you like it is not only comedy but also romantic play as the entire play is wrapped with atmosphere of love and four love stories are revolving the forest of Arden.

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abuers | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 13, 2012 at 5:22 AM (Answer #5)

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With Shakespeare, all the comedies contain some tragic material, and all the tragedies, some comic relief. But, essentially, this play ends with a wedding, rather than the tragic death of most of the characters, therefore, it's a comedy. 

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dikshasamsukha | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted July 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM (Answer #6)

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William Shakesper's As You Like It falls in the genre of romantic pastoral comdey setting its major actions in the Forest of Arden. Its is a play which delas with the theme of love, issues of brotherhood and violation of primogeniture. In a comedy,the characters are insignificant and laughable. But there is alo an exposure of flaw in characters and renewal of life and towards the end all obstructions and conflicts are ressolved. The same happens here, the conflicts raised at the begining are resolved at the end of the play. But the characters of Jaques seems to challenge the completeness of the closure achieved at the end of the comedy.

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