What is the contrast between the court life and the pastoral life in the Forest of Arden in As You Like It by William Shakespeare?

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The most direct contrast between pastoral Arden Forest life and sophisticated court life occurs in Act II. Scene i gives us Duke Senior's thoughts about life in Arden Forest while scene ii lets us witness life as it is being led at court when the Duke is unhappy. Scene iv gives a view of the inhabitants of the forest and the ease with which Rosalind, Celia and Touchstone are given help, while scene vii brings Orlando face to face with life in Arden Forest when he violently intrudes into Duke Senior's camp.

In scene i, Duke Senior compares pastoral life in Arden to "Sermons in stone" that are no false counselors but sincere friends telling him what he truly is. He compares Arden to a toad...

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