The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1378 Friday, 2 July 2004
Date: Thursday, 01 Jul 2004 08:47:37 -0400
Subject: As You Like It in the Classroom
Larry Weiss's theory that AYLI criticizes both extreme pessimism and
fatuous optimism sounds good to me. After all, Rosalind is a pragmatist,
even though fathom deep in love. She's got to test Orlando before
marrying him; and Touchstone, the other really bright character, takes
what he can get - Audrey - and is satisfied - for the time being. Even
sluttishness has its virtues (!). Still, I think Larry might agree that
the play favors an optimistic approach to love and life.
Jack asks about my students' reactions to M for M: they are fascinated
by the Angelo/Isabella scenes and often charge Angelo with sexual
harassment. They think that Pompey is right about sex - young men will
do it, and that's all there is to it!
And they think that Isabella says yes because the Duke uses public
pressure to force her to say "Yes."
I agree with my students about the last two points (above).
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