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Showing posts with label A Window to As You Like It. Show all posts
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Friday, 25 February 2011

A Window to As You Like It

As you Like it is a Romantic Comedy based on the conventions and practices of the Elizabethan Comedy. Comedy is light and humorous drama with a happy ending.The classical comedy follows the
Three Unities of Time, Action, and Place.
The unity of action: a play should have one main action that it follows, with no or few subplots.The unity of place: a play should cover a single physical space and should not attempt to compress geography, nor should the stage represent more than one place.The unity of time: the action in a play should take place over no more than a single day.Comedy, in its Elizabethan usage, had a very different meaning from modern comedy. is one that has a happy ending, usually involving marriages between the unmarried characters, and a tone and style that is more light-hearted than Shakespeare's other plays. Patterns in the comedies include movement to a "green world", both internal and external conflicts, and a tension between mind and heart.
A Shakespearean comedy
Shakespearean comedies tend to also include: A struggle of young lovers to overcome difficulty, often presented by elders; separation and re-unification.; mistaken identities; a clever servant; heightened tensions, often within a family; multiple, interlacing plots and frequent humorous play on words.

Question Quest
Question 1
Rosalind: Shall we go, coz?  
Celia: Ay. Fare you well, fair gentleman. 
Orlando: Can I not say, I thank you? My better parts 
Are all thrown down, and that which here stands up 
Is but a quintain, a mere lifeless block. 
Rosalind: He calls us back: my pride fell with my fortunesI’ll ask him what he would. Did you call, sir?
Sir, you have wrestled well and overthrown
More than your enemies.
Celia: Will you go, coz?
Rosalind: Have with you. Fare you well.
[Exeunt Rosalind and Celia]
Orlando: What passion hangs this weight upon my tongue?
I cannot speak to her, yet she urged conference.
O poor Orlando, thou art overthrown!
Or Charles or something weaker masters thee.
(a)    What is the relevance of “a thousand crowns”? Why should have Orlando got more than a thousand crowns?
One thousand crowns is the amount that Orlando’s father Sir Rowland de Boys, has left in his will to Orlando. Sir Rowland bequeathed all his estates to the elder son Oliver and had directed to bring up Orlando to be laudable noble man.
Oliver has violated the instructions and treated Orlando as if he was a mere manual labourer in his household. Orlando should have gained a cultured upbringing and a superior grooming from Oliver, as per the terms in his father’s will.
He ought to have been educated to be an acceptable gentleman and he must have been provided with all the advantages of a man of noble birth. On the contrary, Orlando was denied a homely life and was abused dismally by Oliver.
Oliver made him eat with the servants and was deprived of the status of a brother. This saddens and infuriates Orlando. Orlando desires and values a worthy education appropriate of a noble man and a respectful position in his home more than a thousand crowns left to him by his father. 
(b)   Who is Charles? Why does he visit Oliver?
Charles had been confidentially informed that Orlando planned to enter the wrestling contest to be held in the court the next day. Charles tells Oliver that he was determined to wrestle for his fame and name and would not spare any one. Hence, Charles had come to entreat with Oliver to deter Orlando from participating in the wrestling competition. If Orlando persisted in rivalling with Charles, he felt that Orlando might come to severe harm. Orlando’s defeat might indirectly affront Oliver which Oliver wanted to avert.
(c)  What does Oliver learn from Charles about the recent happenings in the court?
Charles informs Oliver that the old duke (Duke Senior), was banished by his younger brother (Duke Frederick). He also tells that a few lords loyal to the Duke Senior had accompanied the banished Duke to the Forest of Arden where they live as if they were in the Golden world. Duke Frederick was happy at this because the lords’ land and revenues add to his wealth. Moreover, as Celia, the daughter of Duke Frederick was very close and intimate with her cousin Rosalind (the daughter of Duke Senior), was not exiled. They were brought up together from their childhood and if Duke Frederick were to banish Rosalind, Celia would either follow her to exile or died of grief at the separation. Both Celia and Rosalind were at the court and were equally loved by Duke Frederick. He also opined that he had never seen two women love each other as intimately Celia and Rosalind.