As You Like It by William Shakespeare
*This is one of the many required reads for this semester. These types of reviews will consist more of what we discussed in class than my thoughts on the work.
The play is set in a duchy in France, but most of the action takes place in a location called the Forest of Arden, which may be intended for the Ardennes in France, but is sometimes identified with Arden, Warwickshire, near Shakespeare’s home town.
Frederick has usurped the Duchy and exiled his older brother, Duke Senior. The Duke’s daughter Rosalind has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of Frederick’s only child, Celia. Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom who has fallen in love at first sight with Rosalind, is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver. Frederick becomes angry and banishes Rosalind from court. Celia and Rosalind decide to flee together accompanied by the jester Touchstone, with Rosalind disguised as a young man and Celia disguised as a poor lady.
Let it be known, that I really dislike this play. I know it’s Shakespeare, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. I’ve tried reading it so many times, but I always fail to find it funny or enlightening. My teacher even has a distaste for this particular play. I think you should read it, and exclaim how it’s really funny and engaging.