What is the importance of Act 3, Scene 2 in As You Like It?

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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...

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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 Orlando meet, and both love one another, but Orlando is meant to believe that Rosalind is a man named Ganymede at this moment. Rosalind, under this pretense, ensures that Orlando's feelings for her are real and will continue. The scene, as a whole, is intended to further increase the dramatic tension, as well as to highlight and define the play's major themes.

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Act III, Scene 2 of As You Like It is very important because it is a pivotal scene that has thematic importance, action importance, and character importance. First, in 3.2 the thematic focus shifts from pure devoted women's love, as between sisters, as represented by Celia and Rosalind to romantic love as represented by Rosalind and Orlando. It also has thematic importance because Corin and Touchstone debate the virtues of court life and pastoral country life (Corin seems to win...).

The scene is important to the action of the play because it is in 3.2 that Shakespeare sets up the silly teasing joke that Rosalind/Ganymede plays on poor lovesick Orlando that comprises the major action of the rest of the play and sets up to the marriages in the resolution. The scene has character importance because important traits, thoughts and feelings are revealed about the characters of Orlando and Rosalind. In addition:
1.  Orlando displays his poetry.
2.  Rosalind learns of Orlando's presence in Arden forest.
3.  Orlando reveals the depths of his love for Rosalind.
4.  Rosalind learns of Orlando's love by eavesdropping.

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