As You Like It | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Michael Gelven

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of As You Like It.
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Critical Essay by Michael Gelven

SOURCE: Gelven, Michael. “Silvius.” In Truth and the Comedic Art, pp. 11-20. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.

In the following essay, Gelven sees the minor character Silvius as an embodiment of true love in As You Like It, who serves as a foil to the deceitful lovers of Shakespeare's romantic comedy.

He is the purest lover in the forest. It is a magical place, this forest of Arden, where the very thickets are barbed with lovers; yet this poor shepherd with the golden tongue outloves them all. At his first entrance (II, 2) he shows us his scars:

No, Corin, being old thou canst not guess; Though in thy youth thou wast as true a lover As ever sighed upon a midnight pillow: But if thy love were ever like to mine,— As...

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