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MonkeyNotes-As You Like It by William Shakespeare
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THE TITLE OF THE PLAY

Shakespeare is known for giving fanciful titles to his fanciful
plays, and the title of this play is open to several interpretations.
Since the events and ending of the play turn out happily, it is "As
You Like It." Shakespeare also seems to be saying that this play is
so complicated and filled with impossible incidents, the audience
can call it and interpret it anyway it wants. He tells them by title to
see it and call it "as you like it." Most importantly, in the Epilogue
Rosalind appears on stage to tell the audience to applaud the play
in proportion to their approval - "As You Like It."

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QUESTIONS

The entire play is built on a series of comparisons and contrast.
Give complete comparisons and/or contrasts of the following:

a. Orlando and Oliver
b. Duke Senior and Duke Frederick
c. Rosalind and Celia
d. The court and the Forest of Arden
e. Touchstone and Jaques
f. The theme of love and the theme of hate
g. The love of Orlando/Rosalind and the love of
Touchstone/Audrey
h. The love of Orlando/Rosalind and the love of Oliver/Celia
i. The true pastoral characters of the forest and the visitors to the
forest
j. The real Rosalind and the disguised Rosalind (Ganymede)
k. Oliver at the beginning of the play and Oliver at the end of the
play

1. Explain the different types of love developed in the play. Which
one(s) is obviously the most important to Shakespeare?

2. Explain the various meanings of the play's title.
3. How is humor developed in the play?
4. In spite of the various plots, how is the play unified?
5. How does Shakespeare tie up all the loose ends at the end of the
play?

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