Reading Shakespeare's As You Like It
As You Like It is widely regarded as one of Shakespeare’s comic masterpieces. It is a mature work, probably written after two of his best-known plays, Henry V and Julius Caesar, and immediately before another, Hamlet. The play is set in two quite distinct worlds – a corrupt ducal court and the pastoral Forest of Arden – and the play’s protagonist is one of Shakespeare’s best-loved characters, Rosalind, a duke’s daughter who notoriously spends most of the time in the play disguised as a man. The play is rich in dramatic roles, is inventive in its use of genre and language and contains some of Shakespeare’s most familiar lines. In this free course, Reading Shakespeare’s As You Like It, you will explore the liveliness of Shakespeare’s writing by looking at three short sections from the play (including the famous ‘All the world’s a stage’ speech) and a full-length scene. You will find explanations of terms in bold in the Glossary at the end of this course.
This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course.