As You Like It

As You Like It

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Duke Frederick has stolen the title and throne of his elder brother, Duke Senior. Duke Senior has taken up residence in the Forest of Arden with his band of loyal followers, leaving his daughter, Rosalind, behind at the court. Enter Orlando and Oliver de Boys, two brothers divided by their hatred for one another.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2000.
ISBN: 9780140714715
Branch Call Number: 822.23 Shakespe
Characteristics: xlvi, 105 pages ;,20 cm.


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Aug 22, 2015

Rosalind is the daughter of banished Duke Senior and is being raised at the court of Duke Frederick, with her cousin Celia. She falls in love with a young man named Orlando, but she is banished by Duke Frederick, who threatens death if she comes near the court again. Celia goes with Rosalind. Disguised as the boy Ganymede, Rosalind enters the forest of Arden. Upon their arrival in the forest, Rosalind and Celia happen upon Orlando and his manservant, who are fleeing the wrath of Orlando's eldest brother. What follows is an elaborate scheme devised by the cross-dressing Rosalind to find out the verity of Orlando's supposed passion for her, and to further capture his heart, through the witty and mischievous façade of Ganymede.

I much prefer the Folgers Shakespeare Library editions in previous plays I recently have been reading to the Pelican Shakespeare editions.

As for the play, I found this one of the least interesting Shakespeare plays. The characters just don't resonate with me, nor does the story.


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