By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Pamela Loos
Shakespeare's romantic comedy, As you love It units up a few dualities, exposing the advanced relationships that exist among romance and realism, nobleman and commoner, and female and male. This examine consultant includes a number of feedback during the centuries on As you're keen on It.
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She adds other examples of extreme behavior and explains that these will occur just when her husband is desiring the opposite—there will be tears from his wife when he wants to be merry Key Passages in As You Like It 29 and laughter when he wants to sleep. Nearly all of the behavior that Rosalind warns of is compared to that of animals. In short, it is behavior that would naturally occur in a wild animal—which man, especially man who has not lived in the country, must feel helpless to control. When Rosalind is done with her long list of what she will do when married, Orlando asks if this is actually what his Rosalind will do.
Though Rosalind is a princess, she is a princess of Arcady; and notwithstanding the charming effect produced by her first scenes, we scarcely ever think of her with a reference to them, or associate her with a court, and the artificial appendages of her rank. She was not made to “lord it o’er a fair mansion,” and take state upon her like the all-accomplished Portia; but to breathe the free air of heaven, and frolic among green leaves. As You Like It in the Nineteenth Century 51 Though sprightliness is the distinguishing characteristic of Rosalind, as of Beatrice, yet we find her much more nearly allied to Portia in temper and intellect.
Touchstone is annoyed at the song, though, calling it foolish, and he tells Audrey they must leave. Touchstone’s reaction reminds us of a response we would see from the negative Jaques. Perhaps Touchstone does not want to admit that life really is as fleeting as the song says. Duke Senior speaks to Orlando in scene 4, asking him if he believes Ganymede can fix everything as he has claimed. With them are Amiens, Jaques, Oliver, and Celia (as Aliena). Rosalind (as Ganymede) enters with Silvius and Phebe and asks them all, as well as the duke, if they are in agreement with the events she plans—that the duke will allow Orlando to marry Rosalind; that if Ganymede cannot marry a woman, then Phebe will marry Silvius; and that Silvius will agree to this.