What is the symbolism in the following comment, which is a paraphrase from Act II, scene i by the Lambs of Duke Senior's speech in As You Like It? Comment: "These chilling winds which blow upon my body...

What is the symbolism in the following comment, which is a paraphrase from Act II, scene i by the Lambs of Duke Senior's speech in As You Like It?

Comment: "These chilling winds which blow upon my body are true counsellors; they do not flatter, but represent truly to me my condition; and though they bite sharply, their tooth is nothing like so keen as that of unkindness and ingratitude." Charles and Mary Lamb. Tales from Shakespeare (1878).

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This quote is part of a paraphrase written in 1878 of Duke Senior's speech in As You Like It about his living conditions in the forest of Arden, Act II, scene i. "These chilling winds that blow" literally refer to winter winds blowing on one who, like Duke Senior, lives mostly out in the open. Symbolically these bone chilling winter winds represent the sorrows and troubles that beset all humankind at one time or another and in one form or another. This symbolism is reinforced by the phrase "blow upon my body," which is literally the physical body and symbolically the representation of the psychological self that suffers from adversities.

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