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Shakespeare - As You Like It

by: Kimberly Burke

Shakespeare - As You Like It EH 403

Kimberly Burke
Jacksonville State University
GPA 4.0

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These are my in class notes for As You Like It. The page numbers and scene numbers are for Riverside Shakespeare.
Shakespeare I
Dr. Gates
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Shakespeare, comedy, As You Like It
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Kimberly Burke on Sunday April 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to EH 403 at Jacksonville State University taught by Dr. Gates in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Shakespeare I in Foreign Language at Jacksonville State University.

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Date Created: 04/10/16
Shakespeare – As You Like It • Characters o Duke Senior – father of Rosalind & rightful ruler of Dukedom, banished by his brother Duke Frederick, lives in exile in Forest of Ardenne with loyal men (including Amiens & Jacques), kind & fair o Jacques – accompanies Duke Senior into exile, stock figure, decides to become monk, cynical character § Lectures Touchstone about marrying quickly & regretting it & on marrying a loose woman o Lord Amiens – goes into exile with Duke Senior, loves to sing o Rosalind – daughter of Duke Senior, disguises as Ganymede, loves Orlando § Dresses as man, gets Orlando to practice wooing her to check the match & determine if he’s a worthy suitor, power to choose her own mater § Gives the Epilogue o Duke Frederick – Duke Senior’s brother, usurper of throne, banishes Duke Senior & Rosalind, meets old religious man in the woods & changes his ways, becomes a monk & returns throne to Duke Senior o Celia – daughter to Duke Frederick, Rosalind’s friend & cousin, follows Rosalind into exile, disguises herself as shepherdess named Aliena, marries Oliver o Sir Rowland de Bois – Orlando & Oliver’s father, friend to Duke Senior, enemy to Duke Frederick o Oliver – Sir Rowland de Bois’ oldest son, inheritor of de Bois estate, doesn’t let Orlando get a gentleman’s education, hates Orlando, becomes a better person after Orlando saves him, loves Celia § Meets Celia when he is bringing Orlando’s bloody handkerchief to Ganymede/Rosalind; love at first sight o Jacque – middle son to Rowland de Bois, plot device, mentioned briefly in the beginning of the play as off at school o Orlando – youngest son of Sir Rowland de Bois, Oliver’s brother, wins battle against Charles, cares for Adam in the forest, saves Oliver from lioness, loves Rosalind § Angry at Oliver for depriving him of what he is due o Adam – elderly former servant of Sir Rowland de Bois, accompanies Orlando into exile & funds the journey with his life savings o Silvius – young & suffering shepherd, ignores Silvius, falls in love with Ganymede/Rosalind, tricked by Rosalind into marrying Silvius o Charles – professional wrestler in Duke Frederick’s court, asks Oliver to convince Orlando to not fight him o Corin – shepherd, attempts to council Silvius about love o Touchstone – court clown, accompanies Rosalind & Celia, echoes with innuendos § Gives very sophisticated lecture on lies 7 times removed § Steals Audrey from William § Meets Jacques in the forest § Accompanies Rosalind & Celia out of his element into the forest, being comic for Duke Senior brings him back into his element o Audrey – simpleminded goatherd, agrees to marry Touchstone o William – young country boy, loves Audrey o Oliver Martext – marries characters, fudges things o Hymen – god of marriages, supposedly delivers Rosalind to Orlando • Parody of pastoral romance, middle Shakespeare comedy o Pastoral concept – can recover your senses & live in laid back way • Pairs of characters end up married; agenda – celebration of multiple matings • Source – battle scene interrupts marriages • “All the world’s a stage” – speech about 7 stages of man o Building up to honorific way to introduce Adam o Welcome Adam with honor & feed him o Entrance of Adam undercuts what Jacques says § “sons” = without/lacking, Adam is restored (no more lines after revival) • Rosalind – in control of the matchmaking, promises Orlando his love will appear o Ready to give up her disguise but wants to remain in control of the reveal o Premonition of conditions that will be met – “if” statements (reverberation of As You Like It concept) § Rosalind makes promises that will be kept if conditions are met o Gives the same line to her father & her lover o References magicians in the woods – example of Shakespeare’s quick solution to plot hole • Act 5 o Counterfeit scene § Oliver brings Orlando’s bloody handkerchief to Ganymede/Rosalind § Rosalind faints at the sight of the blood, says it is counterfeit § Aliena/Celia falls in love with Oliver at first sight § Oliver wants to stay in the woods to live & die a shepherd with Aliena • Orlando is remorseful that Orlando found love first • 5.2 – bitter think to look at happiness through another man’s eyes o 5.3 - Silvius explains what love is; Orlando slips & says “you” to Ganymede/Rosalind o 5.4 - Duke Senior says Ganymede reminds him of Rosalind o Hymen’s speech – brings Rosalind to the wedding o Jacque de Bois’ speech – announces that Duke Frederick has decided to become a monk & return the crown to Duke Senior


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