Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 5 Scene 2,

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One of the most important parts of the book "As You Like It" is Act 5 Scene 2. It is one which sets up the happy ending to this play where Rosalind and her father are reunited, Orlando and Rosalind are brought together and Aliena and Ganymede are revealed as Celia and Rosalind. If you don't understand what this is all about, you will during the next few paragraphs.

The play "As You Like It" is based on life and loves up's and downs, about what love can do to you, about what you would do for love. In the play the main characters are Rosalind, Celia, Orlando and Oliver (there are many side characters). Its starts with the reader finding out the troubles between Orlando and Oliver - how they do not get along. You also find out that Rosalind's Uncle banished her father from court, leaving Rosalind as company to Celia-his daughter, and now is banishing Rosalind.

Before Rosalind is banished, she meets Orlando - and they fall in love.

Rosalind and Celia escape from Celia's father, - and so does Orlando. Since it is not safe for two ladies to travel alone, Rosalind dresses up as a boy (Ganymede) and Celia as a poor girl (Aliena). Orlando escapes from his brother - Oliver and his plans to murder him. Ganymede and Aliena find Orlando's poems of love to Rosalind, and Ganymede (really Rosalind) is thrilled but unsure whether his love is true and forever.

Ganymede says "he" can cure Orlando's love for Rosalind-if he just woe's "him" and calls "him" Rosalind. But Ganymede is only doing this to find out whether Orlando's love for her is true. During the time Rosalind is Ganymede, a shepherdess Phoebe falls in love with "him", but she...