By Sterling Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom, Pamela Loos
Shakespeare's romantic comedy, As you're keen on It units up a few dualities, exposing the advanced relationships that exist among romance and realism, nobleman and commoner, and female and male. This learn consultant features a collection of feedback throughout the centuries on As you love It.
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Out of these convertites There is much matter to be heard and learnt. As You Like It in the Nineteenth Century 49 Within the sequestered and romantic glades of the forest of Arden, they find leisure to be good and wise, or to play the fool and fall in love. Rosalind’s character is made up of sportive gaiety and natural tenderness: her tongue runs the faster to conceal the pressure at her heart. She talks herself out of breath, only to get deeper in love. The coquetry with which she plays with her lover in the double character which she has to support is managed with the nicest address.
He also reveled in the play’s storytelling, fun, poetry, drama, and prose. ” Critics in the nineteenth century also saw Celia’s character in new ways. Jameson described Celia as giving in to Rosalind rather than being eclipsed by her and as being as sweet, kind, intelligent, and almost as witty as Rosalind. Charles Cowden Clarke described Celia’s love at first sight as “managed with Shakespeare’s masterly skill” and wrote that Celia’s goodness not only makes her a fine person but also inspires Oliver to become worthy of her.
After mentioning Phebe’s mother, Rosalind speaks of Phebe’s looks. She bluntly tells the woman that she is not beautiful, since Rosalind knows that beautiful women often can take advantage of men, although women who merely see themselves as beautiful usually cannot. As Rosalind speaks she notices that Phebe seems attracted to her (disguised as Ganymede). Rosalind is confounded because she already has negative feelings toward this woman. Rosalind is also startled; her life has become increasingly more complex due to her seemingly harmless decision to disguise herself as a man.