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The majority of characters in As You Like It end up as lovers and the play ends with a quadruple wedding On the path to this quadruple wedding there are many dialogues between lovers in which we are exposed to different opinions about what romantic love is and what marriage means As You Like It suggests that love occurs instantly or it is not love that love has no boundaries that lovers are utterly obsessed with their love to the point of forgetting all else and that love is a kind of pleasant torture These are all idealistic ideas about love and As You Like It contrasts them with the notions that love can be empty that obsession with love is even slightly pathetic and that the sentiments of lovers are often ridiculous and that love is changeable marriage being plagued by conflict and even infidelity The offering of this contrast reinforces the general message that love is illogical and unpredictable - a mere madness In this essay I shall consider these ideas one by one first the concept that love occurs instantly Of the three love affairs that are born within the actual lines of the play three begin at first sight Rosalind and Orlando Celia and Oliver and Phebe for Ganymede The love between Rosalind and Orlando is shown to have started instantly by the speechlessness of Orlando Cannot I say I thank you after the wrestling The instantaneous nature of love is shown more directly in the words of Phebe whoever loved that loved not at first sight and in the description by Rosalind of the meeting of Celia and Oliver no sooner met than they looked no sooner looked but they loved Another idea expressed is that love has no boundaries We see this in the love borne by Silvius for Phebe even in the face of her spurning ice-cold retorts His ability to love her still
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