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Romance and Satire in "As You Like It"
An examination of the themes of romance and satire in Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It".
# 49068 | 3,587 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2004 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (As You Like It)

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William Shakespeare's play, "As You Like It," provides us with colorful characters and hidden meanings as reality becomes a blur in the satirical forest of Arden. This paper discusses how the search for freedom combined with exile, the hunt and the passion of love, leads us, as well as the characters, on a journey of discovery. It explains that, through his interesting mix of characters, Shakespeare combines the elements of romance and satire to reveal the beauty of love and the sometimes absurd behavior of lovers. The writer also points out that, while mocking the pretentious, Shakespeare celebrates genuine love in the mystical garden of Arden.

From the Paper:

"Bednarz suggests that Shakespeare focuses on alternatives to the way Jonson mocks morality. Jonson vigorously attacked the pretensions of romantic comedy while Shakespeare responds in larger ways and "As You Like It" provides us with an excellent example of Shakespeare's talent in this area. Arden represents the world in which this fairy tale can exist. Arden also provides Shakespeare the perfect setting for his satire. The pastoral setting mirrors reality, and is a place where things are not quite normal. Arden is a place where fiction becomes reality. The garden of Arden allows Shakespeare to twist ideas and situations. As a result, Arden becomes a romantic world shaded with satire."

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