Analysis Of ' As You Like It, A Play Written By William Shakespeare

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As you like it, a play written by William Shakespeare in 1623, is a comical interpretation of the antithesis that exists between living in nature versus living in a society. The play addresses philosophical dilemmas that are directly connect to the behavior of the characters. Throughout the comparison of these two settings, the reader is exposed to various levels of human interaction. The first one relates to how the characters participate as a community. And the second one approaches familial relationships that demonstrate individual fluctuations depending of where the characters interact. To capture this theme, the author relies on the use of juxtaposition and dynamic characters. Consequently, Shakespeare highlights the irony of human behavior by exposing dynamic characters to two different settings, The Forest of Arden and the Court. The play ultimately suggests that interacting with nature creates a utopian society that contrasts with a hierarchical court, thus demonstrating how the characters can reinvent themselves in roles that were inaccessible to them before. Initially, the play begins by introducing a familial conflict between two brothers, Orlando and Oliver. Orlando is the starting character of the play and his dialogue describes how his brother treats him. He states that, “My brother…keeps me rustically at home” (4). He continues emphasizing the evilness of his brother’s treatment by mentioning that “horses are bred better” (4) and how “animals on
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