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William Shakespeare

As You Like It

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1599

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Essay Topics

1.

Consider the comments on Fortune in Act I, Scene 2, and Act II, Scene 7. What role does fortune perform in the play at large?

2.

Many characters in the play see things that others do not; this is particularly true of Rosalind and Jaques. What is each character’s wisdom rooted in? How is their wisdom similar and how is it different? And are there any other characters who see through the performances—explicit and implicit—of others?

3.

In Shakespeare’s time, primogeniture, when the eldest son inherits from the father, was an important topic. How does Shakespeare present or manipulate primogeniture in the play? How is it a positive or negative force?

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