Shakespeare's Use of Disguise Essay by The Research Group

Shakespeare's Use of Disguise
This paper discusses Shakespeare's use of disguise in "As You Like It", "Measure for Measure" and "King Lear".
# 17208 | 1,350 words | 3 sources | 1972 | US

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While a major character in As You Like It parades as a member of the opposite sex, the motif of disguise in the play exists mainly on less apparent, thematic levels. Simply speaking, the world of As You Like It--until Jaques de Boys appears in the last act, announcing Duke Senior's recovery of his dominions--is a world in disguise, a world confused by those motivated by jealousy and outright malevolence to usurp the natural order. The action of the play--ending in a quadruple marriage, a festival of union and order--moves to restore proper order to a topsy-turvy world. This is the direction of comedy, and As You Like It perfectly illustrates the comic mode by intruding itself into a rejuvenating pastoral world (the Forest of Arden) in order to remake an unwholesome everyday (court) world.

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