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Why is 'as you like it' called a mixture of various human emotions?

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takshsdhody | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted June 24, 2010 at 2:28 AM via web

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Why is 'as you like it' called a mixture of various human emotions?

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sensei918 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted June 24, 2010 at 4:43 AM (Answer #1)

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As You Like It, like all of Shakespeare's plays, contains characters that are psychologically complex, exhibiting a wide range of human emotions, from the love of parent and child, as exemplified by both Rosalind and her father, and Cecily and her father the false duke, to depression, as represented by Jacques, to courage, as represented by Orlando and the duke who has been banished to the forest, to anger, as represented by Orlando's brother and Orlando himself, to loyalty, as represented by Orlando's servant Adam. Yet the characters are never one-dimensional, but capable of a wide range of emotions within their own personalities. 

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