Learning objectives: to learn about the “pastoral” in English Literature; to develop your ability to appreciate settings in a play.
Starter: why might writers set stories in forests? What does a forest suggest or connote?
Why does Duke Senior think that life is better in the forest than at court? Why can life in the countryside be very violent?
What is Duke Senior like as a person?
What Jacques think of life in the forest compared with that of life in the town? What is Jacques’ mood and attitude?
The scenes in the Forest of Arden are “pastoral” in tone; that is they show life in the countryside as being very pleasant and nice, almost perfect. There is a long tradition of writing about the pastoral in English Literature. Can you think of any films/books/poems/stories you’ve read which show life in the country as being very nice? Who is Duke Senior and his men rather like? (Clue: he robbed from the rich and gave to the poor!)
Write a poem or paragraph which describes someone who lives their life in a forest.