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It's one of the most famous lines in literature: All the world's a stage,And all the men and women merely players . . . This famous saying comes from Shakespeare's play As You Like It, and it's...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018, 11:11 pm (UTC)

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William Shakespeare's As You Like It is seemingly set in two worlds: the court of Duke Frederick and the Forest of Arden, which serves its role as a place of temporary respite from the troubles of...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2021, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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The tyrannical Duke Frederick has decided to banish his niece Rosalind from the ducal court. There is no good reason for this outrageous action; Frederick is only doing it because he's insanely...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2020, 11:47 am (UTC)

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The seven ages of man that Jaques describes are the stages of life: from birth and childhood to adulthood, old age, and finally extreme old age. When a person is "sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021, 11:03 am (UTC)

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The song is split into three sections interspersed between dialogue in Act II, scene 5 of As You Like It. In the first section, Amiens, a courtier, sings: Under the greenwood tree Who loves to lie...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016, 8:55 pm (UTC)

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Pastoral literature pits the corruptions of the city against the innocence of a natural setting. The natural world depicted in pastoral literature is not realistic. It is a dream world, a utopic...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2021, 12:35 pm (UTC)

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William Shakespeare was an English playwright who lived from April 26, 1564 to April 23, 1616. His pastoral comedy, As You Like It, was first published in 1623. It is an account of Rosalind and...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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The famous "Seven Ages of Man" speech is spoken by Jaques (pronounced "JAY-kweez") in act 2, scene 7, of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy, As You Like It. Jaques is a contradictory character who is...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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Phebe, a shepherdess, makes this statement to Silvius in Act III, scene 5 of the play. The statement applies to Phebe herself, as she tells Silvius, who is madly in love with her, "the time was...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2017, 1:22 am (UTC)

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This quotation comes from Jaques's famous speech, beginning "all the world's a stage." The speech describes the so-called "seven ages of man," moving from infancy through youth and adulthood to the...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2021, 11:25 am (UTC)

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The meaning of "and then the lover sighing like furnace" in William Shakespeare’s “The Seven Ages of Man” from his comedy As You Like It is that the passion and expression of love can be akin to...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2015, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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This theme of the seven ages of man dates back to antiquity. In classical literature, though, descriptions of these seven ages were generally encomiastic, praising the virtues appropriate to each...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2017, 12:23 pm (UTC)

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Pastoral plays were a common genre during the Renaissance period. They idealized country life and presented this world as almost Edenic in its innocence. As such, these stories were less interested...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021, 12:06 pm (UTC)

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Rosalind and Celia have grown up together and have formed a strong attachment. Rosalind has the much stronger character. She is more intelligent than Celia and also more self-reliant,...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2013, 10:45 am (UTC)

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In the play As You Like It by William Shakespeare, there is a quote which refers to our busy but temporary lives here on earth. The quote reads "they have their exits and entrances, and one man in...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2010, 3:20 pm (UTC)

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Life is like a drama enacted on a stage. It is not real except to those directly involved. Mostly an "audience" watches us play out our lives interacting with family, co-workers, and friends. When...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2010, 12:09 am (UTC)

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Shakespeare employs apostrophe in this poem. Apostrophe is when the speaker addresses someone or something that cannot respond. In this case, the speaker directly addresses the winter wind in the...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2017, 2:52 pm (UTC)

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The true Duke—Duke Senior—has taken refuge in the forest in the way that the lines of the song sung under the greenwood tree suggest that people should. When Duke Frederick usurps his older...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 6:53 pm (UTC)

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Oliver is the elder son of Sir Rowland de Boys and elder brother of Orlando. They have another brother, Jacques. Orlando is the youngest son and brother; Jacques is second born. Birth order is...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2011, 4:48 am (UTC)

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Shakespeare considers the nature and manifestation of Love in all of his comedies. Love was a big issue in his day, because the idea of marrying someone for love (rather than to create an alliance...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2010, 11:09 pm (UTC)

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The fact that Jacques recites these lines in "As You Like It" may have no special significance. I suspect that Shakespeare wrote out many short speeches and sololiquies extemporaniously as the...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2012, 5:24 pm (UTC)

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Although Orlando's defeat of Charles the wrestler has brought him Rosalind's gushing admiration, it's also created one or two problems. His revelation that he's the son of Sir Rowland de Bois has...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018, 8:23 am (UTC)

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Shakespeare apparently was highlighting the fact that he was presenting a play with the ingredients he knew his audiences would like. The play contains ingredients that are still very popular with...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2012, 12:06 am (UTC)

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It is early in Act 1, Scene 2 that Touchstone says the line, "The more pity, that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly" (86-87). What he is saying here is that it is a pity that a...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2013, 6:01 am (UTC)

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Orlando is the ideal romantic hero for a play like As You Like It. He makes an excellent match for the heroine Rosalind, because they are both intelligent and strong individuals. Orlando has to...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2012, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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First of all, Act I, Scene I of As You Like It explains that Rosalind and Celia are cousins. Celia explains that Rosalind's father is her own uncle and that her father is Rosalind's uncle: If my...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2010, 11:25 am (UTC)

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One way to answer this question is to compare the outward affect of the characters, and approach the question as a director or actor might. The two characters are sisters, but it is necessary to...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2015, 4:36 pm (UTC)

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Rosalind is clever, witty, articulate, playful, and affectionate. She is the kind of independent, self-reliant, intelligent, and fun-loving heroine whom Shakespeare was often so effective at creating.

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012, 11:46 am (UTC)

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William Shakespeare’s play As You Like It contains the required elements of a traditional romantic comedy, more specifically, a love theme bedeviled by humorous complexities. That being said, there...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020, 7:10 pm (UTC)

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There are many poetic devices in this poem by Shakespeare. All the world's a stage, A metaphor comparing the world to a stage. This is the central metaphor of the entire poem, as Shakespeare...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010, 11:31 pm (UTC)

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In the beginning of the play, Orlando and Oliver's relationship can only be characterized as hostile. Orlando explains in his opening speech that when their father passed away, their father left a...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2013, 4:17 am (UTC)

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Rosalind isn't interested in curing Orlando of his love; she wants to teach him how to be a better, more devoted lover. Orlando, much like Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, loves "by the book," and the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018, 2:30 pm (UTC)

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In the Forest of Arden, Duke Senior and his fellow exiles are living an idyllic life. They spend a lot of time idling—playing music, singing, sometimes dancing, and writing love poems. While...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018, 2:41 am (UTC)

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The answer to this question can be found in Act I scene 2, when Orlando reveals his identity to Duke Frederick after winning the wrestling match against Charles. Note how Duke Frederick responds to...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011, 9:17 pm (UTC)

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A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison between two different things using the words "like" or "as." Jacques, the speaker, uses several similes throughout the speech "The Seven Ages...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2017, 12:57 am (UTC)

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The speech known as Jaques' "The Seven Ages of Man Speech," at the end of Act 2, Scene 7, contains many different metaphors as well as similes. For starters, the speech itself is an extended...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2013, 7:08 am (UTC)

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Adam is a faithful servant to Orlando’s family, as devoted to Orlando as he had been to Sir Rowland de Buys (Orlando's father). His view of the servant’s role differs somewhat from that of Orlando,...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 3:39 pm (UTC)

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In Act 1, Orlando and Rosalind meet at a wrestling match. After watching Orlando defeat a formidable opponent, Rosalind is impressed and congratulates the young man; she even gives him a chain to...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2017, 10:35 pm (UTC)

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The theme of disguise is central to As You Like It, as two of the main characters spend most of the play disguised as other people. More generally, the idea of artifice contrasted with authenticity...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019, 7:32 am (UTC)

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In William Shakespeare's play As You Like It, the character Jaques delivers a monologue about the different periods in a man's life, which he refers to as the "seven ages" (that are like the acts...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019, 5:51 am (UTC)

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Oliver dislikes his attractive, talented, and physically stronger younger brother Orlando. When Orlando comes to him demanding the thousand crowns he is owed as his inheritance, becoming physically...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2020, 11:12 am (UTC)

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“The Seven Ages of Man” develops a theme of the futility of age milestones. It is well known to Shakespearean and Greek philosophy scholars that these age milestones correspond to the Greek concept...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2019, 2:15 pm (UTC)

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The contrast between court and country in As You Like It is a stark one. The country, in the shape of the Forest of Arden, is a place of banishment for good people. They are typically victims of...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018, 8:07 am (UTC)

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Personification is the attribution of human characteristics to non-human things. An example of personification occurs in character Jaques’s soliloquy in Act II, Scene 7 of As You Like It lines 18...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019, 3:59 am (UTC)

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Gold is desirable and tempting to robbers. We would not want to walk around in a strange place carrying lots of gold—especially waving it out in the open—for fear of the gold attracting dangerous...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019, 4:49 am (UTC)

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One thing Oliver says at the end of the opening scene is that he actually doesn't know why he "hates nothing more than" Orlando (I.i.166). Oliver further goes on to describe Orlando's virtues, such...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2013, 4:25 am (UTC)

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One of the things that made Shakespeare a great writer was his ability to create realistic characters that reflected people's needs, desires, and conflicts. He took as much care with minor...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012, 5:56 pm (UTC)

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The theme of town life versus country life in As You Like It is first shown in its controversial oppositional form, but the conclusion unifies the opposing forces and puts the two in balance...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2010, 7:16 am (UTC)

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The simile that Shakespeare uses here is entirely appropriate in that a furnace is a place of extreme heat, as is the heart of a young man overburdened with love. The lover's heart is burning with...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2021, 10:57 am (UTC)

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Orlando's and Oliver's reconciliation in Act IV, Scene III of As You Like It may be revelatory of some of their character strengths and weaknesses. At the time of the reconciliation, we learn that...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2010, 2:05 am (UTC)

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