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Fortune and nature are two of the central themes of William Shakespeare's As You Like It. Write an essay that discusses the role of these elements in the lives of Orlando, Oliver, Duke Senior, Duke Frederick, and Rosalind. Nature, in this instance, refers to human nature rather than to the natural world.
I. Thesis Statement: Fortune and nature play key roles in the lives of Orlando, Oliver, Duke Senior, Duke Frederick, and Rosalind.
A. Fortune has deprived Orlando of his rightful inheritance.
B. Fortune enables Orlando to win his wrestling match with Charles and earn the love of Rosalind.
C. Orlando's relationship with Adam reveals that he is noble by nature.
D. Orlando must leave his home after learning that his brother plans to kill him, but fortune rewards him when he woos and wins Rosalind in the forest.
E. At the end of the play, fortune bestows gifts on the deserving Orlando: he marries the woman he loves and is named heir to a dukedom.
A. Fortune rewards Oliver with control over his late father's estate.
B. Oliver is revealed by his words and actions as a villain by nature....
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