As You Like It


William Shakespeare

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As You Like It: Act 4, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Jaques addresses the First Lord, who has killed a deer, and suggests that he present his kill like a Roman conqueror, and give the deer’s horns like a victory branch. The Second Lord accompanies the presentation with a song. The song touches on cuckoldry and includes the line, “take thou no scorn to wear the horn… the horn, the horn, the lusty horn, is not a thing to laugh to scorn.”
As in Touchstone’s remark, here horns are associated with cuckoldry and cuckoldry is posited as something natural and not shameful.
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