As You Like It | Critical Essay by Mark Taylor

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of As You Like It.
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Critical Essay by Mark Taylor

SOURCE: "The Lords of Duty," in Shakespeare's Darker Purpose: A Question of Incest, AMS Press, Inc., 1982, pp. 84-119.

In the following excerpt, Taylor focuses on the irregular control that fathers exert on their daughters in many of Shakespeare's works.

The plot of As You Like It could be described as the simultaneous movements of two daughters—one, Rosalind, toward her father, and the other, Celia, away from hers. At the beginning Rosalind and Duke Senior are apart from each other. His brother has usurped his power and banished him from the court; she has remained behind as a companion to Celia. It is an unfortunate situation, not of their own contrivance, but it raises certain questions. When we first meet the two girls Celia is trying to cheer her friend up, asking her to "be merry," Rosalind answers,

Dear...

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