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As You Like It Chapter Summary & Analysis - Epilogue Summary

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Epilogue Summary

Rosalind is alone on stage for the epilogue. She asks the women in the audience to clap if they liked the play. Then she instructs all men who love women to applaud. After the men applaud, she tells them she would kiss them if she were a woman.

Epilogue Analysis

When Rosalind asks the audience to applaud, "if you like it" her words are similar to the title of the play. Normally a male character would deliver the epilogue. The role was played by a male actor, because women were not permitted to act during Shakespeare's time. This explains her comment that she would kiss the men if she were a woman. The epilogue blurs the gender lines, as Rosalind/Ganymede has done throughout much of the play.

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