As You Like It

As You Like It As You Like It Is A Pastoral Comedy By William Shakespeare Believed To Have Been Written InOr EarlyAnd First Published In The First Folio,The Play S First Performance Is Uncertain, Though A Performance At Wilton House InHas Been Suggested As A Possibility As You Like It Follows Its Heroine Rosalind As She Flees Persecution In Her Uncle S Court, Accompanied By Her Cousin Celia And Touchstone The Court Jester, To Find Safety And, Eventually, Love, In The Forest Of Arden Historically, Critical Response Has Varied, With Some Critics Finding The Work Of Lesser Quality Than Other Shakespearean Works And Some Finding The Play A Work Of Great Merit The Play Features One Of Shakespeare S Most Famous And Oft Quoted Speeches, All The World S A Stage , And Is The Origin Of The Phrase Too Much Of A Good Thing The Play Remains A Favourite Among Audiences And Has Been Adapted For Radio, Film, And Musical Theatre

William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been tr

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  • As You Like It
  • William Shakespeare
  • English
  • 10 November 2019
  • 9780743484862

10 thoughts on “As You Like It

  1. says:

    Just saw this last night at the Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta So, naturally, here sAs You Like It, abridged OLIVER Hi everyone, I m Oliver and I ll be your designated jackass for the evening ORLANDO Hey bro So, remember how you got me to wrestle that unbeatable guy and were all like, he s so gonna kill you, mwahaha Well, I totally kicked his ass AND met this hot chick Rosalind Man, it s great to be me OLIVER OMG IMMA KEEL YOU ORLANDO runs ROSALIND Hey Celia, your uncle just banished me for literally no reason Wanna run away to the forest with me CELIA Sure, why not ROSALIND turns to audience HEY, DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS AUDIENCE WOMEN IN DRAG TIME ROSALIND THAT S RIGHT SHAKESPEARE Man, that shit NEVER gets old ORLANDO OMG I LOVE ROSALIND SO MUCH I will procede to show it in the dorkiest, most illogical way possible by nailing poems on trees ROSALIND GANYMEDE Hey there, stranger who I have never seen before I just so happen to be an awesome love coach I can help you marry this chick just pretend that I m her and always call me Rosalind and make me fall in love with you.ORLANDO AWESOME THAT GUY WHO GIVES THE ALL THE WORLD S A STAGE SPEECH All the world s a stage, andAUDIENCE HEY LOOK AMUSING POOR PEOPLE.THAT GUY WHO GIVES THE ALL THE WORLD S A STAGE SPEECH Dammit.SILVIUS OMG I LOVE PHEBE.PHEBE I M A PSYCHO BITCH AND OMG I LOVE GANYMEDE.CELIA awkward ROSALIND Okay, this is kind of a clusterfuck Since we ve already been nattering on for two and half hours, I m gonna wrap things up Phebe, you can t marry me because surprise I m a girl, so you have to marry the dorky shepherd you hate Orlando, I ve really been Rosalind the whole time, and why you haven t figured that out yet is really beyond me ORLANDA Rosalind, I find your giant web of lies charming and cute, rather than deceitful and conniving Let s get married OLIVER Hey everybody, I m good now CELIA YAY LET S GET MARRIED ROSALIND So I guess that pretty much wraps it up, except we re all still banishedHUMAN DEUS EX MACHINA Good news, everybody The evil duke suddenly found Jesus and gave up his throne, so now Orlando gets it and everything is just about as perfect as it can possibly be EVERYONE YAY THE END NO, SERIOUSLY.

  2. says:

    As in A Midsummer Night s Dream, Hamlet and Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare in As You Like It is able to join disparate elements in unusual proportion into a unified whole of tone and mood which may be rationalized but never completely explained What I love about this play is the way in which it develops a conventionally suspenseful plot complete with goodies and baddies, action packed scuffles and wrestling matches, lovers meeting cute, etc at breakneck speed for all of the first act, and then slows to something close to a halt once it reaches the Forest of Arden This is as it should be, since this forest is a place of magical transformation just as certainly as Oberon and Titania s fairie wood, a place where time stops and love grows and both are discussed and exemplified in language both witty and profound At the end, all plot strands are resolved in what should be an unsatisfactory fashion, but somehow still manages to satisfy not only the characters themselves but also the audience, who have both been transformed by the timeless experience of Arden.

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    Orlando, the youngest, and most loved son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys, set in France in the 16th Century is being mistreated by his older brother Oliver, the middle son Jaques, is away at school, since Oliver inherited most of the rich estate, and money, he has the power of the purse to do anything He, Oliver is jealous of his sibling s superior attributes, Orlando lacks education, possessions, totally dependent on his brother, but the very simpatico boy s qualities, nevertheless shines brightly through, causing Oliver who hates him, to hate him even He arranges a wrestling match between Orlando and the vicious wrestler Charles, who has crippled three previous opponents and gives special orders to kill his brother Things don t go as planned, and Charles is the one carried off unconsciously to the surprise of all, Rosalind witnesses this event and falls in love with Orlando The political situation in the dukedom, at the court of Duke Frederick, who overthrew his brother Duke Senior, and exiled him is hazardous, the shaky ruler fears plots against him, all are potential enemies, his daughter s Celia s best friend and companion is her cousin Rosalind, the daughter of Duke Senior, which makes for an uneasy situation Duke Frederick the paranoid royal, banishes his niece Rosalind, from court and threatens her with death if she remains, the loyal cousin Celia, will not abandon the person she loves the most in the world They the two cousins secretly leave the palace, dressed like men for safety reasons during their travels, Rosalind becomes Ganymede, and Celia, takes the appropriate name Aliena, for additional help the court fool, Touchstone, also goes, he is a lot smarter than he looks Meanwhile warned by the longtime family servant, old Adam, that Oliver is plotting to kill him, Orlando the two flee to the Arden Forest, where the exiled Duke Senior lives with his followers Duke Senior, is rather enjoying himself, no responsibilities, a leisurely existence in the beautiful woods, the food while not luxurious, is enough for his simple needs, shelter quite adequate for his people too, he doesn t care about losing power Then the needy men and women, escaping the tyranny of his cruel brother, arrive, Celia, Rosalind, who while disguised, likes to play amusing tricks on Orlando Touchstone, Adam, Orlando, and many others And the nervous evil one Frederick, is bringing a vast army to crush the oblivious inhabitants of the forest paradise One of Shakespeare s better comedies, still after 400 years , it will please readers who like to be entertained, and this not serious tale, does indeed accomplish that very well.

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    As you like it, William Shakespeare 1564 1616 , c 1623Characters Main Characters The Court of Duke Frederick Duke Frederick, Duke Senior s younger brother and his usurper, also Celia s father Rosalind, Duke Senior s daughter Celia, Duke Frederick s daughter and Rosalind s cousin Touchstone, a court fool or jester Le Beau, a courtier Charles, a wrestler Lords and ladies in Duke Frederick s court.The Household of the deceased Sir Rowland de Boys Oliver de Boys, the eldest son and heir Jacques de Boys, the second son Orlando de Boys, the youngest son Adam, a faithful old servant who follows Orlando into exile Dennis, Oliver s servant who called Charles.The Exiled Court of Duke Senior in the Forest of Arden Duke Senior, Duke Frederick s older brother and Rosalind s father Jaques, a discontented, melancholic lord Amiens, an attending lord and musician Lords in Duke Senior s forest court.Country folk in the Forest of Arden Phoebe, a proud shepherdess Silvius, a shepherd Audrey, a country girl Corin, an elderly shepherd William, a country man Sir Oliver Martext, a curate.Other characters Hymen, officiates over the weddings in the end God of marriage, as appearing in a masque Pages and musicians.Abstract As You Like It is a pastoral comedy by William Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 and first published in the First Folio in 1623 The play s first performance is uncertain, though a performance at Wilton House in 1603 has been suggested as a possibility As you like it follows its heroine Rosalind as she flees persecution in her uncle s court, accompanied by her cousin Celia and Touchstone the court jester, to find safety and, eventually, love, in the Forest of Arden In the forest, they encounter a variety of memorable characters, notably the melancholy traveller Jaques who speaks many of Shakespeare s most famous speeches such as All the world s a stage , too much of a good thing and A fool A fool I met a fool in the forest Jaques provides a sharp contrast to the other characters in the play, always observing and disputing the hardships of life in the country 2007 1 1378 148 964658103 16 1388 2 1385 238 964358285 16

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    I was at Shakespeare s Globe in London yesterday watching this play and it was fab I then came home and read it got to love the literary life The best thing about the performance was the fact that Orlando was played by a woman who was less that five feet tall and Rosalind was played by a man was way over six feet tall Needless to say, this lead to many comic moments Here s some shots of the performance Orlando RosalindThey only had to stand next to each other on the stage for the audience to burst out laughing The play displays much of what Shakespeare does best There are explorations into gender politics and sexuality because of the layers added into the play there are men playing female characters who then in turn pretend to be men, which makes it even complex As with most of his comedies, I find the magic of the work is lost on the page These are plays that are meant to be performed Unlike many of Shakespeare s plays, even the comedies, this was very light and breezy Nobody died Nobody suffered And the ending was a mass matchmaking that only left me feeling warm inside It s an entertaining piece to watch, though once you ve got your head round the plot it won t make you think any further.It is a funny piece, but not quite as good as Twelfth Night and I think it suffered a little with a background cast of pretty standard Shakespearean characters rather than standout personalities Certainly not his best comedy, though it is still quite fun

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    Book Review 3 of 5 stars to As You Like It, a pastoral comedy and play written by William Shakespeare around 1599.Rosalind falls for Orlando for many reasons in Shakespeare s play As You Like It Since Orlando is such a small man compared to Charles the wrestler, when Orlando beats Charles, Rosalind thinks that the young man is capable of great strength and survival despite his small frame He has some hidden strength and power that he is able to fight up and beat his large opponent He is such a free spirited man and seems so approachable He is the good guy or the boy next door type He has determination and skill Orlando is powerful in his words too His speech is eloquent and very convincing He just seems like such a perfect man that any woman, particularly Rosalind, could fall for him.Orlando comes across as a charmer and a seducer He is quiet in some ways, yet he has an underlying sense of risk and danger The darkness that surrounds him creates an aura of appeal to women This is probably how Shakespeare intended the role to be played He is a charismatic portrayer and wins the audience quite easily When he is wrestling, he is strong and confidant, determined and willing He could conquer the world It seems as though he is the perfect actor for the role.In the BBC version of As You Like It, the actor who plays Orlando reminds me of a weakened, run of the mill schoolboy who hasn t yet found himself The character of Orlando is so much As a wrestler, he seemed to know what he was doing, but the match was so fake At least in Olivier s version, it looked somewhat possible for Orlando to beat Charles In this version, I laughed at the whole scene It seemed so fake He was strong minded, yet he didn t have the physical appeal like Olivier did Olivier looked like the Orlando I pictured In the BBC version, the scenes between Orlando, Celia, and Rosalind seemed contrived I thought Rosalind was just in a bit of shock over seeing Orlando win I don t think she was attracted to him or felt as though he was such a great man.Olivier s work is usually very close to the true Shakespearean plays, yet so are the BBC versions It was hard to decide how I felt about these two I though the casting was bad in the BBC version while in Olivier s version, the casting was on target I believed their every moves and emotions The looks between Rosalind and Orlando were real, not just fake longings like those in the BBC version I definitely preferred the Olivier version this time over the BBC one It came closer to Shakespeare s intentions About Me For those new to me or my reviews here s the scoop I read A LOT I write A LOT And now I blog A LOT First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at where you ll also find TV Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I ve visited all over the world And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who what when where and my pictures Leave a comment and let me know what you think Vote in the poll and ratings Thanks for stopping by Note All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them Many thanks to their original creators

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    3 1 2 Hm Tried to resubmit this review earlier and all that happened was that it was posted that I d just finished reading the play Two years ago What gives This is the second review of a Shakespeare play I ve done Happily, that means that I ve read the second of my planned reads of all his plays, over the next ten years So I m on schedule 8 But it s easy to be on schedule when you ve barely started 8 Naturally, this review is structured a bit different from the first one I did in which I posed questions about how I should go about this project, and played around with a sort of outline In this one the outline has changed We ll see if it can become permanent as it goes.The PlayLike the first play I read, this is one of Shakespeare s comedies Evidence suggests that the play was written between June 1599 and August of the next year Its first performance is uncertain, with 1603 a possibility It was first published in the first folio in 1623.Shakespeare took the story from a novel, Rosalynde, by one Thomas Lodge, that was first published in 1590 Rosalynde was the most popular and one of the best of the pastoral romantic tales which were the fashion in the early 1590s By 1598 the book was in its fourth edition The story was thus likely to be well known to many in the original audience Shakespeare followed his source fairly closely, though he added some characters of his own and changed most of the names.As hinted above, it s sometimes referred to as a pastoral comedy, where pastoral refers to a literary genre pas to ral noun A work of literature portraying an idealized version of country life As You Like It is one of the prime examples of pastoral literature Whyso Well, with the exception of three scenes, it takes place outside The first two scenes are located in an orchard, and on a lawn All remaining scenes seventeen of them are located in the Forest of Arden , near the geographical center of England There are actually a couple rather minor characters who are shepherds And the view of life presented is certainly, if not quite idyllic, at least explicitly said than once by the characters to be preferable to life in the courts, castles, etc which are the other choice.Of course this might be partly because several of the characters have been banished unjustly from those courts, castles, etc by the play s villains So to some extent, Shakespeare tells a story about making the best out of a bad situation Note This Forest of Arden may be a pun of Shakespeare s For elsewhere I see that the play is actually set in France, and if so, we might suppose that this also refers not only to the forest in England familiar to his audience, but also to the Adrennes region of present day Luxembourg Belgium France The Forest of Arden 1888 1897, possibly reworked 1908 , Albert Pinkham RyderBut he also makes a case for the country life, especially through the character Jaques, a lord attending the Duke who has been banished, and has taken residence in the forest with his followers Jaques plays almost NO PART in the play, other than to speak his lines, which offer his philosophical musings and opinions about the pastoral life and other human concerns beyond the mundane.Jaques in fact represents, according to the Introduction in my edition, a break in Shakespeare s main concern in his plays Hitherto he had balanced plot and character Henceforward he was interested in character, and he tended to pick out one or two persons in a play and to show their characters from every angle by bringing them into contact with a variety of persons and situations This was totally new information to me, and one worth keeping in mind assuming that it s valid The twenty plays prior to As You Like It were all the histories ten except Henry VIII his last play seven of the twelve comedies only two tragedies Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet and only one of the six problem plays Merchant of Venice.The eighteen plays coming after As You Like It the one history, four comedies Twelfth Night, Merry Wives, All s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure , the other eight tragedies, and the other five problem plays.The Play and II immediately realized that I knew absolutely nothing about this play Despite the title being familiar, I d never read it, and had no idea that it is from this play and from the mouth of Jaques that comes All the world s a stage,And all the men and women merely players.They have their exits and their entrances,And one man in his time plays many parts,His acts being seven ages At first the infant,Mewling and puking in the nurse s arms.Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchelAnd shining morning face, creeping like snailUnwillingly to school And then the lover,Sighing like furnace, with a woeful balladMade to his mistress eyebrow Then a soldier,Full of strange oaths and bearded like a pard,Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,Seeking the bubble reputationEven in the cannon s mouth And then the justice,In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,Full of wise saws and modern instances, And so he plays his part The sixth age shiftsInto the lean and slippered PantaloonWith spectacles on nose and pouch on side,His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wideFor his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,Turning again toward childish treble, pipesAnd whistles in his sound Last scene of all,That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion,Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.What can follow that Yeah, the rest of the play But I ll leave it there For a synopsis of the play, see I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the play I ve rated it slightly above Midsummer Night s Dream well, 3 1 2 to 3 1 2 at present, but 4 to 3 in stars I m sure the reason was that I was paying attention to Jaques and some of the other characters for their views on country living, on love, and on man s rather unfortunate predicament in life though in the context of the light hearted play it doesn t seem so bad.The comedy of the play is comprised partly of the fact that the main female protagonist, Rosalind, is disguised as a man Ganymede throughout much of the play her interactions with Orlando, desperately in love with Rosalind but not of course with Ganymede, are the source of the usual mistaken identity humor But much than this is the repartee that Shakespeare provides between pairs of characters Rosalind Celia, Orlando Jaques etc in scene after scene, overloaded to the point of bursting with puns and double entendres The audience must have been rolling in the aisles But these dialogues, hard enough for the modern reader to follow with her footnotes explaining archaic meanings and long lost turns of phrase, are impossible for a play goer to get much out of yes, the smile is there on the face, but the guffaw is missing A problem for any of Shakespeare s comedy writing, of course But some of the humor can t fail to come through I really did laugh out loud at this exchange Rosalind implores Celia about information on Orlando, who Celia has just said she s met in the forest ROS Alas the day What shall I do with my doublet and hose What did he when thou sawest him What said he How looked he Wherein went he What makes he here Did he ask for me Where remains he How parted he with thee And when shalt thou see him again Answer me in one word CEL You must borrow me Gargantua s mouth first Tis a word too great for any mouth of this age s size To say aye and no to these particulars is than to answer in a catechism My emphasis Heck, Celia s reply isn t even necessary, though it does put a lovely phrase to the preposterousness of Rosalind s command.The play and thee them really My Coleridge book Coleridge s Writings on Shakespeare has naught but a bit of marginalia he wrote on Oliver s speech to the wrestler Charles, as Oliver gives him permission, even an admonition, to kill his brother Orlando when he faces him in a match Coleridge It is too venturous to charge a speech in Shakespeare with want of truth to nature And yet I won t bother quoting the rest, I m not sure I understand the fineness of the point he makes.Here s a couple reviews by GR friends short and longer, on Shakespeare s use of Nature in the play.In the play s Wiki article, there are adaptations of As You Like It in several media mentioned here.A MovieI watched the 1936 film starring Laurence Olivier as Orlando and Elizabeth Bergner as Rosalind When I finally finished reading the play and was ready to watch the DVD, which had been at my house from Netflix for months, I discovered that the disc was cracked I should have taken this as a warning Instead I searched and found that I could watch the same movie streaming at no cost since I m a Prime member I happily settled back to watch How do I loath thee Let me count the ways.1 I had trouble understanding the dialogue Not because of the Elizabethan language, the sound was just bad.2 It didn t even approach being funny All the admittedly difficult dialogue that had them rolling in the aisles hundreds of years ago was gone, even the few lines that were quite readily humorous in our own age.3 All the world s a stage was gone Howso Must have been a cost cutting measure, because Jaques had been written out of the script.4 But almost all of the songs written by the Bard for the play were there, set to insipid music and even crappy dance where that had been indicated in the play As You Like It the Musical Yup, it was a complete loss If the DVD hadn t been already busted I would have been tempted Well, not a complete loss Olivier was good My ReviewAs you have already read it, I hope you Like It.

  8. says:

    Definitely one of favourites Loved it.

  9. says:

    Celebrity Death Match Special As You Like It versus Generic ThrillerAll the world s a thriller,And all the men and women cardboard characters They have their exits and their entrances,And when you think they ve gone, pop up again.Sometimes they ve got a twin, and sometimes Their death, ofttimes, is faked or not for realTwo different babes may turn out to be oneOr else one babe, mayhap, can yet be twoAnd so the plot creaks on, and stiffs pile upUntil the hero finds the Big Reveal And all is clear until the sequel s startAnd then a second sequel, then a thirdThe author dies, but further sequels comeWritten by some unhappy press ganged hackSans wit, sans taste, sans thought, sans everything.

  10. says:

    All the world s a stage,And all the men and women merely players William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 2, Scene 7 As You Like It has many things to commend it as a play It is entertaining and filled with fantastic lines It contains many of Shakespeare s favorite tropes gender bending, mistaken hidden identities, family squabbles usurpation, love lust, revenge, etc It starts off well too but in the end, for me, it just sort of fizzles and farts out a bit Limps out, perhaps, is a better way of stating it Surrenders to an almost contrived and overly neat happy Hymen ending THIS is Shakespeare at his most fit He is at the top of his game This play, however, seems to be a bit phoned in at the end Perhaps, Shakespeare knew he was about to deliver Hamlet Also, to be fair, this play does GET a lot of play It is a crowd pleaser A romance A fancy So, perhaps I m just wanting him, unfairly, to hit home runs every time at bat Mostly, I was displeased with how easily the villains if you could call them that turned What Suddenly, out of the blue Oliver de Boys sees the light What And all it takes is for Duke Frederick to run into a hermit in the woods and becomes religious Ok Weak, but OK Also, I m not a big fan of music in Shakespeare s plays Some probably dig it I m not in that camp Here are, however, some of my favorite lines, as you like Always the dullness of the fool is the whetstone of the wits Act I, Scene 2 I earn that I eat, get that I wear, owe no man hate, envy no man s happiness, glad of other men s good, content with my harm Act 3, Scene 2 Time travels in divers paces with divers persons Act 3, Scene 2 Men are April when they woo, December when they wed maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives Act 4, Scene 1 Oh how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man s eyes Act 5, Scene 2

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