In fact, the epilogue, spoken by Rosalind to the audience, states rather explicitly that she or at least the actor playing her is not a woman. Both Duke Senior and Orlando take refuge in the forest, where justice is restored "through nature.
However, it ends happily with reconciliation and forgiveness. Setting[ edit ] An etching of the Forest of Arden, created by John Macpherson for a series by Frederick Gard Fleay Arden is the name of a forest located close to Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avonbut Shakespeare probably had in mind the French Arden Wood, featured in Orlando Innamoratoespecially since the two Orlando epics, Orlando Innamorato and Orlando Furiosohave other connections with the play.
However, the change of heart of the two villains, Oliver and Duke Frederick, seems contrived and forced. Shakespeare changed the title to As You Like It because that has more charm. The Arden edition of Shakespeare makes the suggestion that the name "Arden" comes from a combination of the classical region of Arcadia and the biblical garden of Edenas there is a strong interplay of classical and Christian belief systems and philosophies within the play.
Indeed, there are more songs in it than in any other play of Shakespeare. This evidence implies that the play was in existence in some shape or other before The pastoral was not popular in medieval England, but it flourished during the Renaissance, with Petrarch, Cervantes, and Sidney.
Through four acts of the play, Rosalind, who in Shakespeare's day would have been played by a boy, finds it necessary to disguise herself as a boy, whereupon the rustic Phebe, also played by a boy, becomes infatuated with this " Ganymede ", a name with homoerotic overtones.
He also added Audrey and William to give all of the characters someone to love. Analysis and criticism[ edit ] Rosalind by Robert Walker Macbeth Though the play is consistently one of Shakespeare's most frequently performed comedies, scholars have long disputed over its merits.
When Oliver came into the forest to find his brother and was attacked by the lioness, Orlando saved him.