Love in Shakespeares 'As You Like It'

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Love as a universal feeling and expression has always been a part of Shakespeare's plays, be it tragedy or comedy. This love is not limited to the conventional boy-girl relationship but it transcends barriers, man-made or natural.
Through centuries, critics declare that William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is "not only the greatest playwright but the greatest writer in history, not only in the English-speaking world but internationally" (Hurt: 1055)…

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The success of William Shakespeare's plays lies greatly on his mastery of the Elizabethan language and his skill in beautifully orchestrating his lines to develop his sonnets and plays. The dialogue and actions are made more dramatic through his exceptional use of words and expressions.
In the play, As You Like It, love is seen in various ways by the different characters, especially Rosalind, who is the most vocal about love among the characters. Rosalind stands out and declares love to be different and more complex yet delightful contrary to the common and accepted notion about love.
This play, especially the theme of pragmatic love, goes against the usual notion of love that is depicted in the literature of Elizabethan milieu. The conventional picture of love as long-suffering, martyr-type, deadly and forceful - all inclined to the negative consequences of love - were reflected in other literary works of that time except Shakespeare's. Being a comedy, the play As You Like It, can freely express its pragmatic view of love and pass the audience's literary taste. ...
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