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Courtly life is not all it's cracked up to be. Sure people enjoy luxury that 99.9 % of the population does not, but that comes at a price. There is scheming, backstabbing, and deceit that go along with courtly life. Duke Frederick has usurped his older brother's title and Oliver tries to get a gigantic wrestler to snap his little brother's neck. It isn't until the characters get into the forest of Arden when they begin to see truth in not only others but in themselves. Although the Forrest of Arden acts as a place of transformation, it is not a vey comfortable place. Arden is cold and windy. It is full of dangerous animals like lions. There is however a something real and sincere about it which is juxtaposed against the very fake and insidious courtly life.