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Explain how As You Like It functions as a Shakespearean comedy.

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priyam | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2008 at 11:47 AM via web

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Explain how As You Like It functions as a Shakespearean comedy.

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 27, 2008 at 11:03 PM (Answer #1)

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As You Like It functions as a Shakespearean comedy is several ways. First and most simply, it ends not just happily, but with an open festival and celebration. This shows the positive aspects of life, and a community coming back together. Second and related, romance is involved, and the lovers move from separate and together (another form of both happiness and unity). Third, there are the stock techniques Shakespeare used in his comedies, like disguise and doubling. Fourth, it is funny.

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