Essay about Shakespeare's Rosalind

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Shakespeare's Rosalind

The main themes of "As You Like It" are the pastoral ideal and the ideal of romantic love. Forest of Aden is the primary setting where these themes develop. Nature serves as a refuge from society where we can find solutions to injustice and unhappiness. This play is a comedy and thus has a happy ending but it is not a fairy tail. Shakespeare highlights the difference between reality and illusion. Rosalind embodies the sensibility, the humor and the kind of love that leads to a happy, harmonious living.
She brings the plot to a resolution when four contrasting romances end in marriage. The focus of the play is her romance with Orlando.

Rosalind wants to find a lover without losing her sense of self in the
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She loses self-control as she reads them one after another. When she finds out that Celia has seen Orlando she is very excited and cannot stop asking her questions, "What did he when you thou saw'st him? What said he? How looked he…" (3.2. 218-20) For a brief period of time, she becomes a victim of infatuation like those she scorns. She is betrayed by something she feels and finds it difficult to admit the truth in love. Shakespeare thus illustrates that she is not ideal, that she has flaws like all other human being.

Rosalind's clever idea to dress up as Ganymede enables her to have a double identity, which will give her the opportunity to test Orlando's love. Her disguise probably prevents their immediate marriage. "I will speak to him like a saucy lackey and under that habit play the knave with him." (3.2.292-93) She does not however merely play games, Rosalind she teaches Orlando how to love her. He must keep his promises and respect her thereby proving that his love is real. She takes a cynical view of romantic love to tease Orlando. Rosalind begins to tire of acting after the momentary drop of her guise when she faints at seeing Orlando's bloody handkerchief. When Orlando proves himself to Ganymede and saves the life of his brother Rosalind is ready to make a commitment to him. She does not dispose of her disguise until then because she realizes that only time will show if they are really

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