As You Like It - Study Guide Act 5, Scene 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 5, Scene 1 Summary

Audrey is upset that Touchstone postponed their wedding. Touchstone asks about the other man who is pursuing her. William enters and he and Touchstone have words. Touchstone warns him away from Audrey and threatens to kill him if he continues to pursue her. He uses poetic language that confuses William. William is afraid and runs away. Corin arrives and summons them to Ganymede and Aliena's cottage.

Act 5, Scene 1 Analysis

Touchstone uses language to try to make William look like a fool. In the process, he makes himself appear foolish. Like Audrey, William doesn't understand the words, but does understand the threat. Touchstone's actions impress Audrey.

Touchstone represents the speech and culture of city people. William represents the simple, country folk that live in the forest. Once again, the city person appears to be more foolish than the countryman. The comparison of city and country life...

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