Body’s Death or Body’s Banishment?: 1 The Time Philosophy and As You Like It

ZHANG Qiuhua


In As You Like It, Court and Arden are two different settings where people have different experiences of life. Court is an epitome of the realistic world and the pastoral forest of Arden is a symbol of the lost paradise—Eden. In these two settings, time is a topic discussed frequently by the characters through the whole play. The characters hold different views of time and some of the views change with the transform of setting. Time in realistic world is linear time which devours man’ life little by little, while time in Arden is circular time which makes man feel eternity and tranquility. In addition, time experienced by the persons in love is changeable and elastic which is an intermediate state between the linear time and the circular time. This kind of multiple time philosophy reflects the characters’ various world views and outlooks on life.



Time philosophy; Shakespeare; As You Like It

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