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As You Like It Plot Diagram
Updated: 11/16/2017
As You Like It Plot Diagram
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The Five Act Play (Dramatic Structure)

By Rebecca Ray

Plays first originated in ancient Greece. Aristotle was one of the first to write about drama and describe its three segments: beginning, middle, and end. Over time, dramas evolved, the Roman poet, Horace advocated for five acts, and many centuries later, a German playwright, Gustav Freytag, developed the five-act structure commonly used today to analyze classical and Shakespearean dramas. The pattern of this five-act structure can be seen in the familiar plot diagram.

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Five act and dramatic structure. exposition, rising action, climax, falling action & denouement As You Like It Plot Diagram

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  • Duke Senior, a Robin Hood archetype, has been banished.
  • Rosalind goes to the woods disguised as Ganymede.
  • The story starts in Duke Fredrick's court. However, the rest of the play is set in the Forest of Ardenne.
  • Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, however they cannot be together because she is exiled, and he is denied his status by the Duke.
  • After everyone in Duke Fredrick's court escapes to the woods, the play focuses on Rosalind and Orlando, who have fallen in love. However, they have been separated and she is disguised as a man.
  • Duke Senior no longer has to live in the forest.
  • Rosalind promises to marry Orlando, but first, she and Phoebe make an agreement that if for any reason she doesn't marry Ganymede, she will marry Silvius, thus tricking Phoebe into marrying Silvius.
  • Love sick, Silvius has been rejected by Phoebe.
  • Rosalind, appearing as herself, marries Orlando, and Phoebe marries Silvius.
  • When Phoebe learns Ganymede is a woman, she marries Silvius.
  • The Duke and Oliver put aside their differences with characters in the play and Duke Senior is returned to power.
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