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In As You Like It Shakespeare presents diverse perspectives of city life and country life Though acts one to three the comparison of the pastoral versus court lives have been repeatedly implied Often it is pastoral life that is admired by a number of characters yet Shakespeare indicates frequently that it is not an ideal a life as many of the characters assumes it is In doing so Shakespeare caricatures the convention of pastoral romance and urban idealizations In act one the obvious contrarieties between city and county life is plainly presented For example the court is shown to be a place of corruption and villainy through the actions of Duke Fredrick and Oliver On the contrary the banished Duke Seniors life in the Forest of Arden is idealized and carefree It is Le Beau who is presented as the epitome of courtly behavior revealed through his pompous speech and cavalier dress who is affected rather than natural Even Celia and Rosalind proclaim that they are going to leave the court life for the country side To liberty and not to banishmentS 3 145 In sum this act reveals country life to be idealized and free of hardshipsIt is act one that builds the general tension between pastoral and urban existences Again a certain idealization of country life is manifested in the careless interpretations by Duke senior and in Amiens songs life in the country is far-removed form the envious courtS 1 4 Jaques comment on the irony of the situation is presented through the Duke and his men killing and fighting the animals in the forest who they have seized just as Duke Fredrick has seized his brothers dukedom Duke Senior and Amiens show that county life is not as ideal as everyone imagines having a rough winter and heavy weather Act three also has some contrasting elements about the two lifestyles and to an extent why one is preferred over the other For
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