Sunday, 29 May 2016

As you like it. William Shakespeare.

"All the world is a stage and all the men and women merely players" Jaques, fool on As you like by William Shakespeare

Comedies of William Shakespeare are not as famous as dramatic plays. What is more, nature of theatre allowed them to be even more complicated when it comes to reading as comedies have been conceived to be seen on the stage. Similarly, you can no focus on the same values, on comedies by contrast one must discover the irony as it is main factor. As you like it

As you like it
As you like it William Shakespeare

It is a key element the way As you like it is performed and arrange, otherwise, it could not be so great. As you like it by William Shakespeare is particularly special inside the universe of William Shakespeare, versatility of Shakespeare can be discovered, he was able to pen an intense drama or pleasant comedies on the other hand. We can organize all the comedies of William Shakespeare in the following manner.

New Comedy: The comedy of errors, Two gentleman of Verona

Pastoral genre : As you like it, midsummer night´s dream.

Problem plays: All´s well that ends well, Troilus and Cressida, Measure for measure.

As you like it William Shakespeare
As you like it William Shakespeare (painting by Francis Hayman)

Throughout the comedies of William Shakespeare relations between men and women are explained, love and its complexity likewise and even something else as "Merchant of Venice" proves where besides the relationship between Jewish people and Christian ones other subjects as money, friendship, law and ambition can be discovered. 

It is overly difficult to say exactly the dates of publication of comedies of William Shakespeare, some were published on First Folio edition, others on Quarto and some were published once Shakespeare had passed away.  More or less we can establish the following dates:

Two gentleman of Verona 1590
The taming of the shrew 1591
Love´s Labour´s Lost 1594
The comedy of Errors 1594
A midsummer night´s dream 1595
The merchant of Venice 1596
The merry wives of Windsor 1597
As you like it 1599
Much ado about nothing 1599
Twelfth Night 1600
All´s well that ends well 1602
Troylus and Cressida 1603
Measure for measure 1604

Back to As you like it, one of the most mature comedies of William Shakespeare insofar as everything regarding the classic subjects of comedies are integrated. As you like it has lot of the pastoral genre, the scenery is a natural landscape it is not a palace nor the royal court, characters of As you like it disguise themselves, the main subject is love. 

At that time, legal issues were very popular inasmuch as law would give everything to the first-born son of a family thereby the rest of the offspring were dependant on the decision of the first son, they may die with nothing there being no generosity at all. As you like it explodes this subject.

As you like it William Shakespeare
As you like it William Shakespeare

Shakespeare was inspired by "Rosalynde and Euphues Golden Legacy" written by Thomas Lodge and published in 1590. Lodge belonged to University Wits, writers from Oxford and Cambridge who lived in London pursuing a successful career in the world of literature. John Lyly was one of the most illustrious members of the group University Wits. As you like it by William Shakespeare was registered on August, 1600 alongside "Henry V", "Much ado about nothing" and "Every man in his humour" by Ben Jonson. 

As you like it

One of the main characters of As you like it Jaques utters one of the most memorable sentences on the literature of William Shakespeare (you have read it at the beginning of this post). As you like it was performed for the first time in 1599 on the Globe. William Shakespeare was a creative genius, able to write dramatic plays as Henry V and at the same time write something so enjoyable as As you like it with a character called Rosalind  dazzling throughout the entire play, she escapes from court clad in men´s clothes but she keeps this male attire to show how a woman felt and lived on that epoch. Do rate and share this post about As you like it, comedy written by William Shakespeare. As you like it

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