Scene Summaries

Includes contrasts and links between scenes - how Shakespeare creates dramatic significance by their placement in the play.

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  • Scene Summaries
    • Act 1
      • Scene 1
        • Orlando and Oliver fight
        • Charles introduces the 'golden world'
        • Oliver is established as a villain
      • Scene 2
        • Celia, Rosalind and Touchstone are introduced
          • Loving relationship between the sisters
            • CONTRAST
              • Orlando and Oliver fight
        • Wrestling match - Orlando wins
          • LINK
            • Rosalind and Orlando meet for the first time and fall instantly in love
        • Rosalind and Orlando meet for the first time and fall instantly in love
      • Scene 3
        • Celia and Rosalind are banished
          • However, Celia is positive: 'To liberty, and not to banishment
    • Act 2
      • Scene 1
        • First Scene in Forest with Duke Senior
          • CONTRAST
      • Scene 2
        • Duke Frederick discovers the girls' escape
          • Moves the plot along
          • CONTRAST
          • CONTRAST
            • Adam gives Orlando his life savings and plans to flee with him to the Forest
              • Relfects values of the old world
      • Scene 3
        • Adam gives Orlando his life savings and plans to flee with him to the Forest
          • Relfects values of the old world
      • Scene 4
        • Rosalind, Celia and Touchstone arrive in the forest and meet Silvius and Corin for the first time
      • Scene 5
        • Back with Duke Senior, Jaques is introduced for the first time. He mocks Amiens' song
      • Scene 6
        • Adam collapses in Orlando's arms
          • Orlando leaves to find food for him
      • Scene 7
        • Orlando interrupts Duke Senior's gathering aggressively, ordering food.
          • Duke S diffuses tension and whilst Orlando leaves to get Adam, Jaques does Seven Ages of Man speech
    • Act 3
      • Scene 1
        • Duke Frederick seizes Oliver's lands and orders him to enter the Forest and get Oliver
          • CONTRAST
            • Orlando hangs his verses on the trees
              • LINK
                • Duke Frederick seizes Oliver's lands and orders him to enter the Forest and get Oliver
                  • CONTRAST
                    • Orlando hangs his verses on the trees
                      • LINK
        • Scene 2
          • Touchstone and Corin debate - country v. city
          • Rosalind discovers Orlando's poems
          • Celia reveals the poet's identity to Rosalind
          • Touchstone mocks the poems
          • Orlando and Jaques enter
          • Rosalind discusses love and time with Orlando
        • Scene 3
          • Touchstone and Audrey are introduced
            • CONTRAST
              • Rosalind discusses love and time with Orlando
          • They attempt to marry but Jaques persuades Touchstone to not marry her under a bush
        • Scene 4
          • Orlando is late for his love lesson
            • Celia mocks Rosalind's distress
          • Corin enters inviting the girls to watch Silvius as he attempts to seduce Phebe
        • Scene 5
          • Phebe mocks Silvius' romance
          • Rosalind interjects and insults Phebe
            • Phebe falls in love with Ganymede
              • She propses to write a 'rude' letter back and asks Silvius to deliver it
      • Act 4
        • Scene 1
          • Like with Orlando, Jaques doesn't get along with Rosalind either
          • Orlando and Rosalind have another love lesson
            • Mock marriage
              • Celia refuses to say the words
                • This scene signals a break in the relationship between Rosalind and Celia
        • Scene 2
          • Duke Senior's party hunt and kill a deer
            • Leads to a song about cuckoldry
        • Scene 3
          • Silvius delivers Phebe's letter to Rosalind
            • Phebe has deceived the foolish Silvius - the letter is a love letter
              • Rosalind criticises Silvius
          • The newly transformed Oliver enters
            • Celia and Oliver fall instantly in love
            • With news of Orlando
              • Rosalind faints and nearly loses her disguise
      • Act 5
        • Scene 1
          • Touchstone and Audrey encounter William
            • Touchstone attempts to intimidate his rival William
              • Touchstone wins
        • Scene 2
          • Orlando and Rosalind meet
            • Rosalind realises she needs to drop the disguise in order to keep her Orlando
              • Silvius and Phebe enter
                • Rosalind sets up for the final scene
        • Scene 3
          • Touchstone and Audrey are entertained by the pages who sing a song about 'seizing the day'
            • Touchstone doesn't appreciate the song - cynic
        • Scene 4
          • All gather for the finalscene
            • Touchstone entertains the group with a virtuoso display of his wit
              • Rosalind and Celia shed their costumes
                • They enter along with Hymen
                  • The couples are married
                    • Songs and dancing ensue
                      • Jaques de Boys enters and explains Duke Frederick's transformation
                        • Jaques leaves the party, explaining his desire to remain in the forest and lead a religious life
        • Epilogue
          • Unusual - a woman doing the Epilogue
            • And also unusual- breaks 4th wall
              • Recognises that it is a play
                • She returns the audience to the real world
              • Shakespeare breaks theatrical customs

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