First-Year Writing Contest


First-Year Writing Contest 2012 (Honorable Mention)

Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 2012

Author Comments

My love of the comedy in As You Like It led me to choose the play as the topic for my FIYS research paper, but little did I know how much social commentary hid behind Shakespeare’s humorous characters. When I initially saw the play my senior year of high school, I found it to be lighthearted and a tad silly. I never considered how much controversy would be involved in a woman taking on a man’s role. My research for this paper forced me to delve into a different time period in order to understand the mindset of Shakespeare’s original audience. I learned to look beyond the surface story to find the author’s true purpose - the subtle manipulation of his audience’s perspective. While reading As You Like It, I discovered that I should always ask, “Why?” Why did the author choose to have the character look a certain way? Why did the author choose to mention that seemingly insignificant action? I learned that a good author rarely writes words without motivation. Through my investigation of As You Like It, I gained a better understanding of what it meant to analyze a text and became prepared for my much more extensive Richter research project on domesticity in the Renaissance.

Faculty Advisor

Ann Roberts



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