Self-proclaimed bibliophile, culture nut and nerdfighter. English lit. and linguistics geek. Future career in publishing.
Love is merely a madness, and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do: and the reason why they are not so punished and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.
As You Like It
3.2, ll. 362-365
Note: The review below was taken directly from my Goodreads account.
As You Like It is a comedy by Shakespeare, so that means we have some couples who can't get married because of reasons but everything ends up a-okay in the end.
I like the pastoral focus of this play. The majority of the play is set in the forest of Arden and there is a reverence for nature that I quite enjoy. There is also a dash of Shakespeare's favourite comedic trope: cross-dressing. Which still ends up humorous despite the predictability of it. Not my favourite comedy, but still very enjoyable.
This play contains the famous "All the world's a stage" speech, which comes from one of the funniest characters in the play: Jacques, the super melancholic.