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The idea of the pastoral setting was that it was a retreat to a perfect place often characterised by innocence from the world of harsh experience and city society The absence of unpleasant features such as illnesses wickedness and the treachery and shallowness of the courts is also noted as well as the presence of pleasant features such as plenteousness of food and kindly weather Education could sometimes be found in the pastoral setting where people returned from the forest as changed people with their wicked flaws eradicated in favour of renewed spirit and generous characteristics Other features include the fact that it often contains shepherds who pipe look after their sheep and fall in love The Forest of Arden is a refuge from the deceit hypocrisy and ambition of the court It is a place of harmony free from the anger of fathers and brothers from envy or malice or the false friendships and painted pomp of flattering courtiers It fosters regeneration and reconciliation as characters are changed by their experiences and discover truths about themselves and others In respect of the kindly weather mentioned above As You Like It does not feature this but rather the churlish chiding of the winters wind However even though the natural conditions are hard the forest is still preferable to the envious court where comfort is combined with cruelty In these details the forest does seem very much like a pastoral setting however to be truly an idealised pastoral setting the forest must have nothing in common with the court or town life In the town the treachery is clear through the disloyalty the Duke shows when talking to Oliver He unfairly blames Oliver for Orlandos disappearance and therefore his daughters as well and threatens to seize his lands if he does not return Orlando His hypocritical disloyal and threatening behaviour clearly displays the deceitfulness of court life He proclaims that Oliver is a villain
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