What are key points (themes, characters, symbolism, quotes, analysis, etc) about As You Like It concerning pastoral elements?
Two characters who exemplify the pastoral context of the play are Phebe and Silvus, the shepherdess and shepherd who live in the forest. They are simple and uneducated, and yet also obsessed with romantic love.
One example of dialogue which refers to the play's pastoral setting occurs in Act Three, Scene Two, when Rosalind (dressed as Ganymede) asks Orlando for the time, and he replies that "there's no clock in the forest." To this, Rosalind says, "Then there is no true lover in the forest, else sighing every minute and groaning every hour would detect the lazy foot of Time as well as a clock." In this way there are several layers of meaning: that time stands still or has no real meaning in the Forest of Arden, making it a place apart; and that love has a unique meaning in this place, since the sighing of lovers is the standard unit of telling time. These ideas of timelessness in a place of natural beauty, and of love having a unique meaning and context, are prominent ideas in pastoral literature.