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As You Like It is described as a comedy as it portrays many comic traits As LJ Potts 199699 states its structure follows a pattern appropriate to comedy and it gives rein to humour in dramatic situations The themes that are so common in comedy dramas such as searching disguise night to day movement self discovery marriage tragic overtones and monetary interest are all predominant throughout the play The turning of man to ass resolution in paradox a spirit of playfulness a low life farcical subplot and a harmonious ending are also included These factors added with the pastoral settings humorous characters language and verbal jokes give As You Like It the perfect ingredients for a successful comedy drama In Act one scene one Olivers hate filled soliloquy and his malicious treatment of his brother Orlando displays nothing light hearted or comic and shows no indication that As You Like It is to be a comedy In fact the play starts with such a serious presentation of the propensity of human beings to evil that the play has the potential of a tragedy However as LJ Potts 196630 explains the general affect of comedy is to relax tension of feeling but it has its moments of tension The comedy traits begin to appear in scene two with the witty banter of Rosalind and Celia and the entry of the humorous Touchstone a licensed clown who is funny in himself as well as prompting verbal humour around him This comedy is further reinforced with the entry of the pompous Le Beau and the jokes that are aimed at him The unjust banishment of Rosalind and Celia to the forest creates the main source of comedy of the play the device of disguise with Rosalind masked as a young male named Ganymede and Celia concealed as a young male named Aliena In the plot the disguise is well motivated for practical reasons but Rosalind also
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