Study Guide

As You Like It Three Act Plot Analysis

By William Shakespeare

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, and immediately each must flee into the woods to hide from separate threats on their lives. Neither knows the other is also in the woods.

Act II

After finding Orlando's love poems tacked to trees, a cross-dressed Rosalind plays a trick on her man. Act II ends with Orlando unexpectedly saving his brother's life.

Act III

Orlando misses Rosalind more than ever. She concocts a scheme to reunite with Orlando—as her female self—and simultaneously make everyone else happy as well.