As a romantic comedy—
Shakespeare is the master artist in creating romantic comedy. With the ushered notes of “Much Ado about nothing,” “Twelfth Night”, his “As you like it” add the beauty to romantic smell. In his comedies he does not apply the direct criticism of life. It is the human spirit, the internal world of the human microcosom created by God in an act of divine love springs the tunes of romantic easel. To quote Baxter—
“Shakespearean comedy deals with man as he
lives, not under the law of man alone, but
also, under the low of nature and the low
And that’s the panacea of romantic comedy. Love, romance, comic elements go side by side moving the crystallization of the new society with the festive mood of the lovers. Our “As you like it” is an amalgam of two strains – romance and comedy.” Shakespeare deals the structure with the love story starting with the notes of frustration ending in happy conclusion. There is a secondary action of strife and conflict (Orlando-oliver, and the two Dukes) which impinges upon and obstructs the love story but which is likewise happily resolved before the end of the play. What gives Shakespeare’s romantic comedies their uniqueness is the nature of the special conflict and conic resolution of attitudes of love. Rejection of love, sentimental idealizing, realistic concern with physical aspect are the chords of romantic love affair, celia and Rosalind (disguish as Ganymede). Orlando and Touchstone, not to mention Phebe, Silvins and Audrey exhaust the gamut of attitude to love. Out of comic juxtaposition of these attitudes, the chief characters emerge with an ideal attitude—the best that can be hoped for in the world we know. “As you like it” strikes the stock imgredient of romance, a handsome all mannered young hero the youngest of three brothers, two disguised princesses to be wooed and wed and a banished, virtuous Duke to be restore to his rightful throne. The story steeps in a fairy tale hovering in...
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