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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0187 Wednesday, 28 April 2010
From: Noel Sloboda <
Greetings. I am currently part of a production of As You Like It. The director has suggested that perhaps Jaques is Duke Senior's younger brother. This would help explain why Jaques is permitted to speak with such candor to the Duke (besides the fact that everyone is in Arden, where many transgressions are permitted).
Having two groups of three brothers has a certain appealing symmetry as well.
Are there reasons against this interpretation?
While the matter won't be announced to the audience, it does bear on the actors' choices. Any insight are welcome.
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