Alike the dreamland in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the magic Island in The Tempest or Elyria in Twelfth Night ,Arden in As You Like It is saturated by love and love pairs. The amorous lovers in the scene are Rosalind-Orlando, Celia-Oliver, Phebe-Silvius, and Audrey-Touchstone etc. Love comes to fruition and comedy ends with the ringing of marriage bells. Love is life's greatest joy and greatest healer. Romantic, brotherly, and humanitarian love all bring great joy to the major characters in the play after they abandon their ill feelings for one another and open their hearts. Moreover, the natural settings of the Forest of Arden make them do, as they like. Not only the love affairs but also the laughter arising out of the witty humorous dialogue makes the play entertaining and likable. Rosalind’s remarks are most brilliant and amusing. Celia is witty and then of course Touchstone who pokes fun at almost everything and everybody. The disguised episode helps the audience to understand lovers’ intensity and buffoonery.
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