In literature, genre is important. When a writer follows the conventions of a particular drama, they establish a relationship with their readers. The readers know what to expect, which establishes a common language between them and the writer. And, when the writer is clever, they can break the rules of the genre they are writing. When done well, this signals to the reader that it’s time to pay attention, that what’s happening is important.
And this is exactly what happens with Shakespeare’s As You Like It. On the surface, it appears to be a simple pastoral comedy. However, if you look a bit closer you’ll see that everything is not exactly what it seems like. And it’s those elements - those rule breaking elements - that we’ll talk about in this lesson.
We’ll look closer at: • The character of Jaques 🙋🏽♂️ • Why the timing is important • Why the weather is important 🌧
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This lesson is part of the Shakespeare and the Modern Self course.