What is Jaques' mood in Act III: Scene3? How does he help Touchstone?Is he Melancholy..or happy...different???

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sensei918 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jacques is never really what you could call "happy." As is his usual way, in Act 3, Scene 3 he is grumpy and philosophical. He is an observer of the human condition, and he never misses an opportunity to make speeches.  In this scene, Touchstone has decided to marry Audrey the shepherdess.  They really don't have any formal plans; Touchstone tries to get Sir Oliver to marry them right then and there. Jacques, in a surprising act of kindness, offers to give away the bride, but he first admonishes Touchstone that a man of his breeding should really be married in a proper church. At the end of the scene he tells Touchstone to accompany him so that he may give him counsel.

archishman | Student

Jaques is a pessimist. He never really loves to be happy, but uses his vast knowledge to moralize various occurrences. However in Act III Scene 3 this behaviour of Jaques is suppressed. At the beginning of the scene Jaques comments on the various dialogues of Touchstone. When Sir Oliver Martext asks for someone to give away the bride(Audrey), Jaques comes forward to do so. But he also asks Touchstone to delay the wedding since a man of his kindred should wed in a proper place (church). In this scene Jaques portrays himself as a person who is able to suppress his moralizing and pessimistic character, without being a happy person. Moreover he is also able to deal cleverly with different circumstances.

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