INDIVIDUAL VERSIONS OF REALITY
In As You Like It, Rosalind opposes Jaques’s melancholy. She sees all the perils of marriage that either of the pessimists could name, but she also sees the pleasures and the epiphanies. In the end, Jaques’s dark withdrawal parallels and points up Rosalind’s bright participation. His choice does not undercut, but confirms hers; his narrowness makes the vistas which she opens all the more breathtaking.