As You Like It is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare.

The play is set in a duchy in France, but most of the action takes place in a location called the 'Forest of Arden.' Frederick has usurped the Duchy and exiled his older brother, Duke Senior. The Duke's daughter Rosalind has been permitted to remain at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of Frederick's only child, Celia. Rosalind falls in love with Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom. Orlando is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver. Frederick becomes angry and banishes Rosalind from court. Rosalind takes on the appearance of a boy calling herself Ganymede. She travels with her cousin Celia, now disguised as Aliena and the jester Touchstone to the Forest of Arden, where her father and his friends live in exile.. Orlando and his servant Adam find the Duke and his men and are soon living with them and posting simplistic love poems for Rosalind on the trees. Rosalind, also in love with Orlando, meets him as Ganymede and pretends to counsel him to cure him of being in love. Ganymede says "he" will take Rosalind's place and "he" and Orlando can act out their relationship. The shepherdess Phebe, with whom Silvius is in love, has fallen in love with Ganymede (actually Rosalind), though "Ganymede" continually shows that "he" is not interested in Phebe. Touchstone, has fallen in love with the dull-witted shepherdess, Audrey, and tries to woo her, but eventually is forced to be married first. William, another shepherd attempts to marry Audrey as well, but is stopped by Touchstone, who threatens to kill him "a hundred and 50 different ways". Finally, Silvius, Phebe, Ganymede, and Orlando are brought together in an argument with each other over who will get whom. Ganymede says he will solve the problem, having Orlando promise to marry Rosalind, and Phebe promise to marry Silvius if she cannot marry Ganymede. Orlando sees Oliver in the forest and rescues him from a lioness, causing Oliver to repent for mistreating Orlando (some directors treat this as a tale, rather than reality). Oliver meets Aliena (Celia's false identity) and falls in love with her, and they agree to marry. Orlando and Rosalind, Oliver and Celia, Silvius and Phebe, and Touchstone and Audrey all are married in the final scene. Jaques, ever melancholy, declines their invitation to return to the court preferring to stay in the forest and to adopt a religious life. Rosalind speaks an epilogue to the audience, commending the play to both men and women in the audience.

His acts being seven ages.Act II. Scene 7 features a great soliloquy by William Shakespeare which begins: "All the world's a stage And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances.. And one man in his time plays many parts.." .

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