As You Like It / Play By Shakespeare

As You Like It / Play By Shakespeare

Disguise is usually a feature of Shakespearean comedies. What is the significance of Rosalind’s decision to disguise herself as a young man? Why does Celia disguise her economic class but not her gender? What do you think the audience of Shakespeare’s time thought of a boy actor playing a woman who is in turn pretending to be a man (and who in one scene pretends to be a woman when “he” (as Ganymede) is teaching Orlando how to woo!)

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