Jaques’s Melancholy in “As You Like It”

“Cleanse the foul body of th’infected world / If they will patiently receive my medicine” (Shakespeare 304). William Shakespeare addresses an ailment known as melancholy through the character Jaques in As You Like It. In this quote, Jaques blames the outside world for imposing their “infections” upon him. Robert Burton defines this condition in Anatomy … Read moreJaques’s Melancholy in “As You Like It”

Seeing Love Through Fresh Eyes

Pastoralism as a literary device thrives on the juxtaposition of city life and country life. Pastoralists often stress that the burdens of the city can be alleviated and clarified by a trip into the country’s therapeutic environment. A sense of balance and rightness is often restored either through self-reflection or conversations with uncorrupted shepherds. Sojourns … Read moreSeeing Love Through Fresh Eyes

Explore the ways in which Shakespeare uses metatheatre in his plays

Explore the ways in which Shakespeare uses metatheatre in his playsAll the world’s a stageAnd all the men and women merely players;They have their exits and their entrances,And one man in his time plays many parts~ Jacques, As You Like It, Act II, scene vii, lines 139 – 142 ~Shakespeare draws on the stage metaphor, … Read moreExplore the ways in which Shakespeare uses metatheatre in his plays

Feminine Homoeroticism in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It

In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It, feminine homoeroticism emerges as an interplay of passive and aggressive opposition. Women take the sphere of romantic love — one sphere to which they have access in the midst of an oppressive patriarchal order and reformulate it to exclude men. Ironically, in the midst … Read moreFeminine Homoeroticism in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It

Colliding Worlds: Green World Theory vs. Marxist Theory

Northrop Frye and C. L. Barber’s “green world” and “misrule” theories are very much evident in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (ASYI). Frye discusses his “green world” theory in his books Anatomy of Criticism, in 1957, and A Natural Perspective, in 1965. In it, Frye describes a “normal” or court world, a “green world,” … Read moreColliding Worlds: Green World Theory vs. Marxist Theory

Call Me Rosalind: Gender and Gender Stereotyping in As You Like It

In the epilogue of As You Like It, Rosalind discusses the nature of real and performed gender identity in a final bid to resolve the gender confusion extant throughout the play. The events leading up to the epilogue make such resolution necessary, fraught as they are with the disguise of one’s “natural” or off-stage gender … Read moreCall Me Rosalind: Gender and Gender Stereotyping in As You Like It

The Effective Roles of Prose and Verse in Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Shakespeare’s As You Like It is made up of two distinct forms of dialogue: prose and verse. Shakespeare’s verse is rhythmic and poetic, while his prose is simple and does not have a distinct beat. Although Shakespeare’s choice of prose or verse may seem arbitrary, there are actually distinct motivations behind Shakespeare’s choice of mode. … Read moreThe Effective Roles of Prose and Verse in Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Male Friendships in The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It

In many of Shakespeare’s comedies, we see people from all social ranks being portrayed – from the highest of nobles, to the lowest of servants. In cases of male friendship, there is a common pattern to see friendship develop through master-servant relationships, which aid and benefit each other. Two pertinent examples of this type of … Read moreMale Friendships in The Taming of the Shrew and As You Like It

Which Side of the Fence? Questioning Sexuality in As You Like It

In a romantic forest setting, rich with the songs of birds, the fragrance of fresh spring flowers, and the leafy hum of trees whistling in the wind, one young man courts another. A lady clings to her childhood friend with a desperate and erotic passion, and a girl is instantly captivated by a youth whose … Read moreWhich Side of the Fence? Questioning Sexuality in As You Like It