Shakespeare's use of metaphors in the play "As You Like It" with citations.

Essay by oddskaterJunior High, 8th grade March 2006

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In his play, "As You Like It," and generally in all his writing William Shakespeare uses a lot of metaphors. In, "As You Like It," he has Rosalind who is disguised as boy named Ganymede use an interesting metaphor that explores the relationship between the consumption of time and the movement of a horse based on mood or pleasure. In my opinion the only reason that Rosalind ever uses the metaphor is to try to convince Orlando, the man she has fallen in love with and knows that he loves her, that she is wise when it comes to love and that she as Ganymede could cure his love by giving him love lessons. The metaphor proves to be effective because by the end of their conversation Orlando is convinced that Ganymede could cure him.

When Rosalind first approaches Orlando disguised as Ganymede she asks him for the time. Orlando replies by saying that there is no way to know the time in this forest because there are no clocks.

He says that it would be more appropriate to ask for the time of day. Rosalind follows this up by saying, "Then there is no true lover in the forest, else sighing every minute and groaning every hour would detect the lazy foot of time as well as a clock,"(III, ii; 275-77). By this she means that a true lover is just as good at telling time as a clock because they are always thinking about the one they love and every minute they sigh and every hour the groan. Orlando wonders why Rosalind said the lazy foot of time rather than the swift foot of time because he thinks it would have been just as appropriate. Rosalind explains how time travels at different speeds for different people

and how...