AS YOU LIKE IT IS A SHAKESPEARE'S ROMANTIC COMEDY, BLENDING WITH LOVE-HEROISM-SENTIMENT-ADVENTURE-AND PURE FUN. THE FOREST IS MERELY A GOLDEN WORLD, BUT ITS CONTENTMENT HAS DEALT OF THE BITTER LESSONS OF LIFE.
'ARDEN'-PERHAPS A PUN BY PRONOUNCING IT A-DEN-- A FOLIAGE OF MATERIALISTIC WORLD.
"Now we go in content, to liberty and not to banishment"- Celia
"I like this place and wilingly could waste my time in it"- Celia
"fleet the time carelessly as they did in the Golden World"
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 many young gentlemen flock to him every day and fleet the time carelessly, as they did in the golden world.
Man and Nature
"Joy is to see my lambs"
“There's no clock in the forest” – Act 3, scene 3 (free from constrictions) underminded when Rosalind is mad at Orlando for being late- Orlando
“from hour to hour, we rot and rot” – (act 2 scene 7) time, subverting against the pastoral
new life – moving from the court to Arden / birth of characters, such as Ganymede / Duke Fredrick converted into a good character, which conforms towards the pastoral convention ending in harmony
“Find tongues in trees, books in brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything” – self discovery
“But I am shepherd to another man and do not shear the fleeces that I graze” – subverting pastoral conventions against leisure, working for a living
Rural vs Urban
"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?"- Duke Senior
"It is not the fashion to see the lady the epilogue; but it is no more unhandsome than to see the lord the prologue."- Rosalind
Gender Inequality Fight
"If I were a woman I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased me, complexions that liked me, and breaths that I defied not." Rosalind
"Thus men may grow wiser every day. It is
the first time that ever I heard breaking of ribs was
sport for ladies." -Touchstone
"Were it not better,
Because that I am more than common tall,
That I did suit me all points like a man?"- Rosalind