As You Like It: With Annotations by O. J. Stevenson (Classic Reprint) (Paperback)

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As You Like It is one of William Shakespeare's most performed plays and the comedy features one of his strongest female characters, Rosalind. Critics disagree on the literary merits of the play, but its celebration of the pastoral romance always connects with audiences. This edition begins with a brief synopsis of the plot, which enables readers to quickly get involved in the play when it begins.

The play starts almost like a history, relating the intrigues of a French duchy where Duke Senior, rightful ruler, has been exiled by the devious Frederick. The Duke's daughter Rosalind decides to flee with her cousin, both in disguise, to the Forest of Arden. Young Orlando is in love with Rosalind, but he too must leave the kingdom due to familial strife. Marriage plots, family arguments and the vagaries of love are the major plot points of As You Like It.

As You Like It is one of the sunniest of Shakespeare's plays. It banishes darkness in favor of resolution and forgiveness, and celebrates individual freedom and choice. The play includes one of Shakespeare's most famous lines, uttered by Jacques, "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." Shakespeare is saying we are different things at different times, and we play different roles throughout our lives.

As You Like It has a similar plot as his the other comedies, but the character of Rosalind particularly stands out. It is easy to imagine the many ways the play could be staged and is an easier read than many of Shakespeare's other plays.. As You Like It is recommended for anyone who loves a good romantic comedy and is interested in the world famous works of the incomparable William Shakespeare.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781330036181
ISBN-10: 1330036182
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Publication Date: September 27th, 2015
Pages: 328
Language: English