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What is Touchstone's function in "As You Like It"?

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ruthschris | Student | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted January 26, 2007 at 6:50 AM via web

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What is Touchstone's function in "As You Like It"?

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mr-robitaille | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 24, 2008 at 8:54 PM (Answer #1)

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To put it simply, Touchstone is a clown. One may also call him, as Rosalind does in his first entrance, a "fool." Shakespearean clowns served to provide comic relief in Shakespeare's tragedies, and in his comedies, such as *As You Like It,* they served to set a light, comedic tone. Touchstone does this, like many of Shakespeare's clowns, by engaging in witty exchanges with the "serious" characters with a mock show of wisdom. He does so with puns, such as that in which he mocks a certain knight who swears "by his honor, [though] he never had any..."

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revolution | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 25, 2009 at 12:10 PM (Answer #2)

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He is one of the many "fools" in many of Shakespere plays that had no direct part or participation or central position in the play or does he represent any worldwide view, mortif or any themes regarding to the play itself. His role is to provide some comic relief towards the seriousness of the play with his humor and wit

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