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    The Issue of Gender in "As You Like It"

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    William Shakespeare concerns the issue of gender. This issue generates a lot of interest and discussions due to its complexity. The main reason for such a concern in the play is the cross-dressing and role-playing. The central love interest between Rosalind and Orlando calls into question the conservative wisdom about men and women and their gender roles. It also challenges our presumptions about these roles in courtship, love, and relationships. At the center of this courtship is a very complex ambiguity

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    look you call me Ganymede.” said Rosalind. In William Shakespeare work ‘ As You Like It’ a young woman by the name of Rosalind ends up getting exiled from the dukedom of her uncle who upsured his older brother. Rosalind and her loyal cousin Celia goes into the forest of Arden to look for her exiled father along with the court clown Touchstone. The forest of Arden is a dangerous place for young maidens where thieves and bandits would prefer over gold. Therefore, Rosalind dresses up in a disguise of a

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    Shakespeare's As You Like It is both a gentle, pastoral comedy and a complicated, dark debate on the relationship between love, power and gender construction. At the centre of the play is Rosalind, arguably one of Shakespeare's most engaging, witty, intelligent, and lovable female characters. Rosalind is the epitome of Elizabethan femininity: beautiful, chaste, and charitable; and yet she is able to transcend traditional gender boundaries to become a powerful masculine figure, allowing Shakespeare

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    confident in social situations and deals with a balance of rejection and acceptance. A true sense of belonging can only be found once you’re on the outside of society. Williams Shakespeare's Play, ‘As You Like It’ (early 1600s) through the character of Rosalind, demonstrates rejection and acceptance as well as individuality similarly to the way Casper David Friedrich has represented this concept of belonging in his painting, ‘Woman before the Rising Sun’ (1818-20). Rejection is an essential component in

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    indirect methods of characterization to reveal Rosalind’s personality. Shakespeare shows Rosalind is unaware, love-struck, and crafty by using the indirect methods of a character revealing themselves through their words, private thoughts, and actions. Rosalind is oblivious about the people’s feelings toward her. When Rosalind and Celia find love letters written to her Celia knows that Orlando has written them, but Rosalind has to have Celia tell her that. The method Shakespeare uses to show Rosalind’s inability

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    Sexuality in Shakespeare's As You Like It

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    traditional and socially accepted heterosexual lifestyle. I will explore male to male eroticism through the all-male court in the forest and through Orlando's attraction to Ganymede. I will inspect female to female attraction through Celia's attachment to Rosalind and through Phebe's instant attraction to the effeminate boy, Ganymede. I In Duke Senior's forest retreat, Shakespeare creates a setting ripe with homoerotic potential. In the first lines Duke Senior speaks he rejoices in the 'sweetness'

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    bonds to husband and wife commitments – there are many new such commitments at the end of the play. Firstly, I shall discuss the importance of the father-daughter relationships between Duke Senior and Rosalind, and Duke Frederick and Celia. The second scene of the play details Rosalind mourning her banished father, which makes the audience realise the caring qualities in her nature: “Unless you could teach me to forget a banished father, you must not learn me how to remember any extraordinary

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    display the power dynamic. This is displayed in the familial ties between Orlando and Oliver, as well as with Rosalind and Celia. It is also

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    that role. During the beginning of the story, David encounters Mary Wender, Sophie’s mother, who is introduced to David, on page 10 as a kind, caring, and protective mother to Sophie. Another character who is much like a motherly figure to David is Rosalind, David’s half cousin, as she is a strong, mature, and independent girl as inferred from page 83 to the end of the novel. Though there are many characters that are like a motherly figure to David, these characters have a close relationship with David

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    helping others. Rosalind is our main heroine who shows the other characters how a woman can truly embrace her masculine traits and become a confident but lovable character at once. Today there are still issues with the belief that a woman can only be completely feminine and a male is only masculine, however, there has never been a rule made that that is the way it is. As You Like It explores the realm of gender roles that Shakespeare shows are not so clear cut, and women, like how Rosalind found herself

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