As You Like It

Shakespeare has struck a fine balance of love,romance and comedy in as you like it.Bring out the truth of the statement.t

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Nice question Devesh! Indeed Shakespeare has moulded an excellent play, in the form of As You Like It. The themes of love, romance, sacrifice, bawdy innuendo and comedy have been brought forth in the most marvellous manner possible.

Shakespeare chose his characters very wisely. Oliver and Orlando were made the reflections of Duke Fredrick and Duke Senior respectively. Both, Oliver and Orlando, have found girls to play romance about, with Orlando reaching the pinnacle of love. The pompous aroma of the court with the wintry dullness of the Forest of Arden has very well been balanced. Touchstone is chosen to mock everyone - his lover as well as other characters. On the flip side, Jaques is chosen to moralize on each an every matter. The pasture life has also been given a realistic approach using Silvius, Corin, William and Phebe. Last, but not the least, the game of "Love at first sight" as also been brought about.

As You Like It is truly a marvellous play by William Shakespeare.


In As You Like It Shakespeare balances romance and comedy by wrapping the romance in the comedy through comedic antics that flow naturally from the character's temperament and personality traits and through situational irony. For instance, Orlando, distractedly in love with Rosalind, goes (or as he says, runs) around Arden forest attaching badly written poetry to trees and carving "Rosalind" in the bark of trees. This is pretty funny, and it flows naturally from the traits we learn about him earlier: he is exuberant; daring; full of energy; and poorly educated (which explains the bad poetry).

Another instance is that Rosalind, who is at first all distraught to think that Orlando might catch her in her man's clothing, takes advantage of the confessions of love Orlando makes while she and Celia are eavesdropping and plays a protracted and very silly joke on Orlando. This flows from what we already know of her traits: she is romantic and can be silly; she is courageous and assertive; she is playful and enjoys word play.

The situational irony in which she, of course, knows her identity while Orlando doesn't, adds to the amusement of Rosalind/Ganymede's teasing joke played on Orlando while also moving the romance forward. In the joke as she contrived it, Orlando pretends to be courting Rosalind while he is talking to Ganymede, so the audience learns his romantic sentiments.