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Everyone behaves differently in one place than they would in another A teenager acts differently among their peers at school than they would in a pew at church A teacher speaks differently to her young students in the classroom than she would at a PTO board meeting to parents A lawyers formal speech in court is much different than their speech to their adolescent children In William Shakespeares As You Like It the actions of the characters are dramatically affected by the places they inhabit The two main places the play takes place in are Duke Fredericks court and the Forest of Arden These places directly affect the mood speech and formality of the characters In the court people are expected to always act respectively and in a civilized matter as it is the epitome of sophistication and a structured society The Forest however is depicted as an easygoing beautiful and laidback woodland area filled with beauty and truth It is there that people can truly be themselves without the restrictions of societal rules The restrains and properness of the Dukes court and the freedom-filled spirit of the forest establish and affect the mood of the characters throughout the play Next the court and the forest also greatly influence the actions of the characters In the Dukes court the enmity between Duke Frederick and Duke Senior is ever-present and the hate between Orlando and Oliver looms as the latter even plotted to kill his own brother Duke Frederick stole the throne from Duke Signior and then banished Rosalind into the forest and lost his daughter In the forest though only love forgiveness and friendship live as Orlando saved his brother from harm even after learning of his evil scheme In the forest Orlando and Rosalind Oliver and Celia Touchstone and Audrey Phebe and Silvius either fall in love or are wed Love springs everywhere in the forest where emotion is the most powerful of
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