What is the importance of Act III, Scene 2 in As You Like It?
The second scene of the third act includes vital plot points in William Shakespeare's play As You Like It. The importance of this scene is that it contains much of the most necessary rising action, leading to the ultimate climax of the play. As You Like It centers on themes of mistaken identity and love. This scene emphasizes both of these themes. First, Touchstone is mistaken in Rosalind's identity. The comedic structure of the play is emphasized as Touchstone creates parodies of Orlando's love poems, not knowing that he is insulting the subject of these poems directly and in person.
Later, Rosalind and...
(The entire section contains 2 answers and 343 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial
3.2 is important because it lays the premise for the love story and the route that it takes. It is also important because it establishes why Rosalind and Orlando are meant to be in love.
At the top of the scene, we see Corin and Touchstone discussing country versus court--as Shakespeare wrote this play for city-dwellers who looked disdainfully at the country, they would have found this amusing. Touchstone establishes himself as the wittiest person in the conversation. We next see Rosalind and Celia, who both read Orlando's bad poetry; Celia surpasses Touchstone's wit with her own. Celia and Rosalind discuss Orlando and his poetry; Celia keeps up her sharp wit, but Rosalind has no stomach for it. Their conversation is interrupted by Orlando and Jacques, who engage in their own battle of wits. Jacques admits that Orlando is wittier than he, but ultimately, Jacques is the wittiest. Rosalind then approaches Orlando, and here we see the two characters who have no interest in verbal sparring communicating with one another. Rosalind, pretending to be a boy, convinces Orlando to woo her as practice for wooing his true love.
In this way, Shakespeare has established that Rosalind and Orlando are worthy of one another while also spurring forward the action of the play.