As You Like It Essay

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[Turner maintains that the concept of measurable, social time prevalent at Duke Frederick's court is suspended by the holiday atmosphere of Arden. Time in the forest is a more natural time, governed by the seasons, not the clock. The critic then examines different characters' perspectives of time. In his "Seven Ages of Man" speech (II. vii. 138.ff.), Jaques presents two notions of time: first, that human beings exist in time as they would in a play on stage, and second, that life is a history determined by distinct stages. Unlike Jaques's assumption that death is the ultimate realization of time, Touchstone perceives time in relation to physical love or sex in conjunction with the "natural order, " in which Natures purpose is to propagate itself. Time for Orlando and Rosalind, however, is more dynamic and personal. It represents their anticipation of love in which clock time drags and personal...

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