What makes Touchstone a character of importance in As You Like It?

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Touchstone takes on importance in As You Like It because his role, as devised by Shakespeare, is to bring out the true nature, values and thoughts of each character he speaks with. An example of this is his parodic conversation (conversation that parodies the other speaker) with Corin, the shepherd, which can be contrasted to his equally...

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 Touchstone is the clever fool from the play. Using the technique of mimicry, he comes off to reveal the truth about the characters in the play. The process of revealing is not so tough because is made with the help of all those funny nonsenses.

 Shakespeare named the character Touchstone, after the name of the tester used to discover the purity of precious metals, suggesting the reason of the Touchstone's presence in the play as the one who could find out the quality of the other characters.

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