As You Like It Essay

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As You Like It is a pastoral[->0] comedy[->1] by William Shakespeare[->2] believed to have been written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio[->3], 1623. The play's first performance is uncertain, though a performance at Wilton House[->4] 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[->5]. 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[->6]", 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. Synopsis The play is set in a duchy[->7] in France, but most of the action takes place in a location called the Forest of Arden, which may be intended for the Ardennes[->8] in France, but is sometimes identified with Arden, Warwickshire[->9], near Shakespeare's home town. Frederick has usurped the Duchy and exiled[->10] his older brother, Duke Senior. The Duke's daughter Rosalind has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of Frederick's only child, Celia. Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom who has fallen in love at first sight with Rosalind, is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver. Frederick becomes angry and banishes Rosalind from court. Celia and Rosalind decide to flee together accompanied by the jester Touchstone, with Rosalind disguised as a young man and Celia disguised as a poor lady. Rosalind, now disguised as

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