What kind of world is the Forest of Arden in Shakespeare's As You Like It? Is it a perfect world?

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The Forest of Arden is an example of what critic Northop Frye called a "green world" in his book The Anatomy of Criticism. The green world is a wild space, one where society's regulations and norms no longer apply. This green world features in a few Shakespearean comedies, from an early effort like Two Gentlemen of Verona to the more sophisticated work like A Midsummer Night's Dream. Most characters in Shakespearean comedy flee to the green world to escape tyranny in civilization, such as the young lovers fleeing to the enchanted wood in A Midsummer Night's Dream when Hermia's father opposes her desire to marry Lysander instead of Demetrius. In As You Like It, Rosalind's father is banished from civilization and finds refuge in Arden.

Arden is a great example of a green world: the characters within it live content and free from social concerns (with the exception of Jacques, but the play infers Jacques is melancholy no matter where he is), and even gender dynamics are turned upside down, with...

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