“As You Like It” by William Shakespeare

As you trot along the pathway singled out by your own circumstances, you feel fate as being unpredictable, unprecedented, like the sun setting over the horizon into oblivion or a parallel universe. In between the unprecedented chaos you find a hint of tranquility in something, someone, some where, somewhat. And it is that peek hole of integrity that sucks you in a tidepole of ambition to find your way to that which pays off. And it is this that makes al the difference.

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You see, many times it is just one integral character that binds the entire bigger picture together, holds the balance at nature but acts swiftly and with concealment. And it is that pivot in the story that strengthens those around it and that which is the voiceless to give life to the words and remain everpresent in the mind. And this pivot is Rosalind in As You Like It. She is more than just a character, she is an entire stranglehold in the entire story.

The Playwright, Plot and More Information

As You Like It is a play written by William Shakespeare, The Bard of Avon. (Most of this information is taken from the copy of Much Ado About Nothing that I have which has a detailed analysis side by side from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.)

William Shakespeare was a playwright, a poet and an actor. He was born in April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon and he died in April 1616. Till the 1590’s he had achieved prominence in London in his professional career that spanned about 20 years as a dramatist, an actor, a poet and a playwright. He wrote many plays, poems and especially his 154 sonnets that were published. In 1599, Shakespeare’s company built a theater for themselves across the river in London and named it The Globe.

William Shakespeare: 20 Facts, 37 Plays, 375 Poems, 100 Quotes & Bio
Picture Credits: www.williamshakespeare.net

Here is a list of his notable works (P.S these do not include all of his works, just a few that I know of):

  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Hamlet
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Macbeth
  • A Midsummer’s Night Dream
  • Othello
  • The Tempest
  • King Henry VI
  • Julius Caesar
  • Twelfth Night
  • Richard II
  • Henry V
  • All’s Well That Ends Well
  • King Lear

As You Like It has a pretty intertwining plot. Its main characters include:

  1. Orlando
  2. Oliver
  3. Jaques
  4. Adam
  5. Dennis
  6. Rosalind
  7. Celia
  8. Touchstone
  9. Duke Frederick
  10. Duke Senior
  11. Corin
  12. Silvius
  13. Phoebe

The play basically revolves around the affection between Orlando and Rosalind and how Rosalind’s father, the Duke Senior was thee exiled Duke, and she was living under the protection of her uncle, Duke Frederick because she had this valuable sisterhood with her cousin, Celia. And then after Duke Frederick is about to remove his refuge over Rosalind, both Celia and Rosalind escape together under the characters of a brother and a sister as Rosalind acts as the brother, Ganymede and Celia as the sister, Aliena. In the forest where they end up taking refuge, they soon come to apprehend that Orlando, Duke Senior and their respective men are also present there and an intricate plot unfolds.

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My Review and Experience Regarding The Play

One of the most significant characteristic of the play is its intricate and complex plot which sparks and ignites inquisition in the reader and leads to a never ending tale of interest until you read the last dialogue. Moreover, many stories end up being connected with one another with intertwining backstories of characters as if the mastermind cleverly pulled the strings together.

There is as in every play unfathomable depth in the manifold characters included in the play and it is an entire story you play into. There is also a type of spontaneity in the entire play that makes it almost impossible to stop reading the play scene after scene, and act after act. Moreover, there are always these unprecedented lines of philosophy in between that make it even more interesting:

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”

– William Shakespeare, As You Like It

My Favorite Lines From the Play

Here are a few lines from the play As You Like It by William Shakespeare that have stayed with me:

(P.S. All of these quotes/lines ARE from As You Like It and they are written by William Shakespeare, I was just too lazy to write it beside every line.)

  • “Well I will forget the condition of my estate to rejoice in yours.”
  • “The more pity that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.”
  • “By my troth thou sayest true. For since the little wit that fools have was silenced, the little foolery that the wise men have makes a great show.”
  • “To liberty and not to banishment.”
  • “Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly.”
  • “Wherever sorrow is, relief would be.”
  • “As those that fear they hope, and know they fear.”
  • “I have none to lament me; the world no injury, for in it I have nothing. Only in the world I fill up a place which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.”
  • “What passion hangs these weights upon my tongue?”
  • “Hereafter, in a better world than this, I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.”
  • “Yet your mistrust cannot make me a traitor.”
  • “And do not seek to take your change upon you, To bear your greifs yourself and leave me out. For by this heaven, now at our sorrows pale, Say what thou canst, I’ll go along with thee.”
  • “All the world’s a stage…”

“Thou seest we are not all alone unhappy. This wide and universal theater presents more woeful pageants than the scene wherein we play in.”

– William Shakespeare, As You Like It

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