How Does Rosalind Use Dramatic Irony In As You Like It

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Both As You Like It and “The Outing” make use of verbal irony. In As You Like It, Rosalind decides to take on a male persona in order to talk with Orlando openly. She gives herself the name Ganymede and dresses up like a man. Later in the play, Orlando has a conversation with Ganymede and does not realize that he is in fact Rosalind in disguise. Rosalind, dressed as Ganymede, chides him to woo her as if she were Rosalind: “What would you say to me now / an I were your very very Rosalind?” (IV. i. 74-75). Each time Rosalind insists that she is Rosalind is ironic because she is simultaneously Rosalind and is playing the part of Rosalind. Orlando fails to realize this. Similarly, in “The Outing,” Elaine does not realize who someone actually…show more content…
In As You Like It, Celia’s and Rosalind’s friendship seems intimate and intense. They speak to each other as if they are lovers and not friends. At the beginning of the play, Rosalind is upset about her father’s banishment. She and Celia have a minor fight where Celia accuses her of not loving her fully: “Herein I see thou lov’st me not with the full weight I love thee” (I. ii. 7-8). The two characters quickly make up because of Rosalind’s sacrifice. She says that she will ignore her problems to focus on Celia. The characters speak to one another as if they are in a romantic relationship although they are cousins. In addition to blurring the line between men and women, Shakespeare blurs the line between platonic relationships and intimate ones. Larry Charles does the same in “The Outing” with Jerry and George. In doing so, Shakespeare and Charles are able to play with their respective characters and mislead the audience. Jerry and George say and do several things throughout the episode that imply they are in a relationship. For instance, Jerry and George bicker about minor things such as George’s shirt and how clean a pear is. Although the audience knows that Jerry and George are not
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