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How does Amiens's song in As You Like It (Act 2, Scene 7) relate to Duke Frederick and Oliver's motivations (Act 3, Scene 1)?

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Amiens’s songs convey poetic emotions, which are central to an understanding of the play. In act 2, scene 7, Amiens’s song enhances the melancholy mood of the scene and sets the tone for act 3, as Amiens suggests how the harsh weather is more tolerable than the ingratitude of man. The song establishes a contrast between arduous weather and human ungratefulness. It has a connotative meaning, as it highlights how the desire for power causes rivalry between brothers.

In act 3, scene 1, the meeting between Duke Frederick and Oliver offers a sharp contrast to the meeting between Duke Senior and Orlando in act 2. While Duke Senior offers a cordial invitation to Orlando to join him, Duke Frederick uses threats to coerce Oliver into finding Orlando. The malice of Duke Frederick and Oliver motivates them to use tyranny against their respective brothers. Duke Frederick’s evil ambition against Duke Senior mirrors Oliver’s envious plan to kill Orlando.

Thus, Amien’s song epitomizes the vengeful nature of Duke Frederick and Orlando.

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Amiens' song in Act II, Scene VII applies to Duke Frederick's and Oliver's motivations in Act III, Scene I in that the song is all about "man's ingratitude" and friends "remembered not." Starting with Oliver, Oliver is Orlando's brother and, by the concepts of the 16th century, his friend also, meaning a person who is pledged to the good of another person in love and loyalty. Duke Frederick, as a ruler, is also positioned as a friend--in the same sense of doing good in a loving and loyal manner--to Oliver because Oliver is one of the Duke landholders and supporters, who exchange support and loyalty for beneficencies like land grants, positions at court and such.

Amiens' song perfectly describes Duke Frederick's and Oliver's motivations and mind sets in this scene because Oliver is trying to murder Orlando and has declared that, though his brother, he has never loved Orlando. Also, Frederick is threatening Oliver with the confiscation of his lands and wealth if he fails to deliver Oralndo "dead or living" to him.

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