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Orlando and Oliver vs Celia and
· Stays me here at home unkept- not looked after, animalistic
· Know you before whom, sir ­ power bestowed on him as the eldest brother,
demands authority, has become corrupted, fractured fraternal relationship.
· Marry, sir, be better employed and be naught a while- go to the devil. Naught
implies worthlessness, but also possibly a pun on the figure nought, representing a
· I had as lief thou didst break his neck as his finger- unnatural, should protect his
brother but he protects Charles and instead wishing harm to his brother- stresses
their unnatural, fractured relationship.
· Scene one ends with the disharmony between brothers while scene two is followed
by a relationship the Elizabethan audience would be expecting to see.
· I pray thee, Rosalind, sweet my coz, be merry- coz, used five times in this scene,
creating a contrast between the amity of the female cousins and the enmity between
the brothers. Because the scenes follow on from one another we are forced to
compare the two. Scene one ends with the betrayal of brothers, while scene 2 starts
with the pure uncorrupted affection the cousins have for one another, this is a
relationship an Elizabethan audience would be expecting to see.
· The genuine innocence and "love" of these two is compared to the bitterness of their
fathers' rivalry and Orlando's and Oliver's relationship. Celia leaves for the forest in
the name of friendship and it is in the forest that they find true love.…read more

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Mythical imagery
· The spirit of my father grows strong in me-
idolises his father, mythical figure, perhaps also
referring to god as in god the father, Orlando
becomes a Jesus like figure as he is betrayed by
other close to him and suffers at the hands of
· Gentle, strong and valiant- Christian figure, David
overcoming Goliath (Charles)
· Lioness- a royal beast, but also biblical- snake and
lion give Orlando the status of romantic hero and
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Forest of Arden
· They say he is already in the forest of Arden and a many merry
men with him, and there they live like the old robin hood of
England. They say that many young gentlemen flock to him every
day and fleet the time carelessly as they did in the golden world.
· flock, religious sense of flocking back to morality, or preparing
the audience for Corin's sheep and the pastoral world.
· Fleet- pass, rare transitive use of fleet.
· Golden world- a time of eternal spring and innocence without
labour or laws, holiday joy, idealised world, freedom.
· The folklore of Robin Hood and his merry men is married to the
classical ideal of the golden age.
· Sorrows and dangers of court are left behind.
· Liberated from hierarchy, envy, suspicion and treachery.
· Sit down and feed and welcome to our table- embodies
gentleness of the forest, stark contrast to the court.
· Most friendship is feigning, most loving mere folly and thy sting is
not so sharp as friends remembered not- nature is harsh, but
falsity among friends is harsher.…read more

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Better world than this- Christian imagery of hope looks forward to the
regenerated world of the forest of Arden, parallels Garden of Eden.
· Find tongues in trees, books in brooks, sermons in stones and good in
everything- voice of nature, the stream becomes a source of
contemplation, Christian imagery- nature and man are in harmony,
stressing the pre-lapsarian quality of the garden. God is within the forest
· Now, my co-mates and brothers in exile hath not old custom made this life
more sweet than that of painted pomp? Are not these woods more free
from peril than the envious court. Here feel we not the penalty of Adam.
· co-mates marks Robin Hood motif of equal fellowship in the forest,
· old custom- ancient traditions of pastoral innocence, as in the Garden of
Eden and the classical myth of the Golden Age, from Ovid.
· Painted pomp- artificial.
· Penalty of Adam- fall of man, entering of original sin into the world, work,
rough weather cannot detract from its Edenic freedom from court
corruption, fleet the time- holiday joy, innocence without labour or laws.
· Communal spirit of Duke Senior's court is in sharp contrast to the court of
Duke Frederick.
· Three elements of Robin Hood's social revolt- church, state and gender.
· There's no clock in the forest- mythical, eternal spring, pastoral is timeless.
· And the greatest of my pride is to see my ewes graze and my lambs suck-
simple, uncorrupted happiness,…read more

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Play vs Reality: Forest
· Now go we in content to liberty and not to banishment-
contrast freedom of Arden with tyranny of court. The forest
is an idealised refuge.
· Churlish chiding the winter's wind- reality of the situation
they are in, mention of season, not the typical eternal
spring we associate with convention pastoral literature.
Rank cannot protect them in the forest. Trying to see the
best of a bad situation.
· Settled low content- humble place for untroubled living, a
pastoral image
· Shakespeare dissects the genre of the pastoral, trying to
expose it as something which is often unrealistic and
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