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Shakespeare's Use Of Metaphors In The Play "As You Like It" With Citations

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In his play, "As You Like It," and generally in all his writing William Shakespeare uses a lot of metaphors. In, "As You Like It," he has Rosalind who is disguised as boy named Ganymede use an interesting metaphor that explores the relationship between the consumption of time and the movement of a horse based on mood or pleasure. In my opinion the only reason that Rosalind ever uses the metaphor is to try to convince Orlando, the man she has fallen in love with and knows that he loves her, that she is wise when it comes to love and that she as Ganymede could cure his love by giving him love lessons. The metaphor proves to be effective because by the end of their conversation Orlando is ...view middle of the document...

If the interim be but a se'nnight, times pace is so hard that it seems the length of seven year,"(III, ii; 285-88). By this she means that between the time a woman gets engaged and the day of her wedding time seems to move slowly. This is because the woman is exited and anxious. A week's time could seem like 7 years. It is my belief that time always moves the opposite of how you want it to.When Orlando asks who time ambles for Rosalind answers, "With a priest that lacks Latin and a rich man that hath not the gout, for the only sleep easily because he cannot study and the other live merrily because he feels no pain - he one lacking burden of lean and wasteful learning, the other knowing no burden of heavy tedious penury. These time ambles withal,"(III, ii; 290-95). To amble is to walk in a leisurely way. Both the priest and rich man have fairly easy lives in which they are not very busy. Because they do not do anything time seems to move slowly.When Orlando asks who time gallops for Rosalind replies with, "With a thief to the gallows, for though he go softly as foot can fall, he thinks himself too soon there,"(III, ii; 297-98). A thief on his way to the gallows walks as slow as he possibly can but time still seems to move so fast. This is...

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