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In As You Like It by Shakespeare disguise is a general problem There are many characters that use disguises especially in two ways one by changing their looks and pretending to be someone else and two by only changing their character and personality so others perceive them as someone completely different Two characters that use disguise in these two ways are Rosalind and Jaques Disguise is a general problem because it can be dangerous and trap people in characters as how others see them and not how they really are It also can have serious effects on others like when Phoebe falls in love with Ganymede which puts a strain on Phoebe and Silvius relationship When Rosalind is banished from the city she and Celia decide to travel in disguise so they would be out of harms way But when the two cousins reach the Forest of Arden and find Orlando there Rosalind starts to truly use her disguise Orlando courts Rosalind as Ganymede Through her testing of Orlando Ganymede is playing Rosalind So Rosalind is basically playing herself By playing herself Rosalind grows as a person She gets to know herself In the beginning of the play Rosalind seemed very ditzy but she later shows herself as someone who is down to earth and begins to know what she wants in life Jaques is also in a disguise but not one in physical appearance Jaques tries to hide his regret and sorrow in his life by a different attitude This new attitude leads him to live a cynical life This is dangerous because this is how all the other characters see him a cynic but he actually isnt We see Jaques as being thoughtful when he gives his speech on All the worlds a stage and all the men and women merely players Jaques is merely covering up from his suffering in his earlier life and is therefore caught in this trap
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