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How is the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation brought out in As You Like It?


diva g #250375
May 14, 2012 6:13 AM

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How is the theme of forgiveness and reconciliation brought out in As You Like It?

forgiveness and reconciliation can be between Orlando and Oliver; Duke Senior and Duke Frederick.

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jill d #170087
May 14, 2012 8:00 AM

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This article deals with more than the character you mentions, but ir does have some resource material that you can use.

"The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

"Looking at Shakespeare's "As You Like It," play, there is much to be found that deals with the Bible. There are brothers who need to discover the freedom of reconciliation and a daughter that needs to be restored to her father. While this seems to be the primary focus there is many other things going on with these characters. They exist in a society that divides people by class and shuns those who have been exiled for their place in hierarchy. Therefore, the forest or Arden becomes a haven where freedom exists for all. This is representative of heaven on earth. It is a place where there are no class distinctions - a great place to live.

Forgiveness is a theme that has been captured by this play. A bloody napkin brings the brothers to reconcile in the end. Interestingly, the napkin was bloodied because Orlando fought for his brother's life and prevailed. In the greatest act of forgiveness, God in heaven, by the blood of His son brought forgiveness to a world in need of reconciliation as Jesus fought for our lives and prevailed.

Rosalind is a winsome character who appears somewhat as an advisor in the forest of Arden. Disguised as the man Ganymede, Rosalind converses with Orlando about the folly of love and tells him it is "merely a madness." Much to her surprise she falls in love with Orlando. Perhaps this is why she attempts to teach those around her (especially Orlando), not so much about love, but how to love. This forest damsel in disguise, beautifully illustrates a love that is free, yet one that is determined to love well.

In the play we see people leaving behind the false concepts of love to embrace ideas of love that are true and unencumbered by the restraints of social status or past differences."



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