Meanwhile, Oliver and Celia fall in love at first sight and plan to be married the following day in the forest. The piece has been a favourite of famous actors on stage and screen, notably , , , , , and in the role of Rosalind and , , , , and in the role of Jaques. Analysis of As You Like It This play is chock full of misunderstandings and humorous scenes. Rosalind speaks an epilogue to the audience, commending the play to both men and women in the audience. The oldest son of Sir Rowland de Bois and sole inheritor of the de Bois estate. The endless appeal of watching Rosalind has much to do with her success as a knowledgeable and charming critic of herself and others. After Orlando leaves, Oliver meets with the Duke's wrestler, , and asks the wrestler to seriously harm Orlando if he chooses to fight him in the wrestling contest the next day.
Touchstone threatens to kill him if he does not leave Audrey alone, after which he disappears. Similarly, the observations of Touchstone and Jaques, who might shine more brightly in another play, seem rather dull whenever Rosalind takes the stage. Oliver does not reveal this fact until the end of this scene, perhaps because he wants to first explain that he has mended his relationship with his brother before revealing his identity. He is speechless and does not know what to say to her. In the play, a girl runs away from her wicked uncle and winds up in the Forest of Arden, where she traipses around disguised as a saucy young boy. Phoebe then convinces Silvius to write a poem with her so she can send it to Ganymede.
Charles promises to make sure Orlando can never walk again. Oliver eventually tries to have Orlando killed, so Orlando and an elderly, faithful servant flee to the Forest of Arden where Duke Frederick and his merry men live. Content in the forest, where he claims to learn as much from stones and brooks as he would in a church or library, Duke Senior proves himself to be a kind and fair-minded ruler. But 2:00 comes, and he doesn't show up. Frederick is the villain of the tale. Over the years, As You Like It has been a consistent crowd-pleaser.
Charles demonstrates both his caring nature and his political savvy when he asks Oliver to intercede in his upcoming fight with Orlando: he does not want to injure the young man and thereby lose favor among the nobles who support him. This demonstrates that the Duke and his Lords are out of touch with the woods and nature. In shedding her disguise, Rosalind is both happily reunited with her father, Duke Senior, and married to Orlando. He does however sing two songs that allude to and perhaps clarify the plot. He is a fitting hero for the play and, though he proves no match for her wit or poetry, the most obvious romantic match for Rosalind.
Also, he does not like the world of court and always criticizes it. This evidence posits September 1598 and September 1599 as the time frame within which the play was likely written. Having promised to wed Silvius if she ever refused Ganymede, she accepts to do so. Lesson Summary We've covered a lot, but let's review what's we've learned. While thinking straightforwardly he never has any inhibitions to proclaim what is on his mind. Rosalind, excited by seeing Orlando again, emerges still pretending to be Ganymede and greets him. Charles's concern for Orlando proves unwarranted when Orlando beats him senseless.
He despises Orlando in the beginning and essentially forces Orlando to run away to the forest of Ardenne. Archived from on 28 September 2007. He is also the means to convey Oliver's villainy and serves as a foil to Orlando. That Celia, his own daughter, cannot mitigate his unfounded anger demonstrates the intensity of the duke's hatefulness. Orlando, a young gentleman of the kingdom who at first sight has fallen in love with Rosalind, is forced to flee his home after being persecuted by his older brother, Oliver.
Celia accuses Rosalind of misusing her sex by playing with Orlando the way she just did. Frederick becomes angry and banishes Rosalind from court. Much like a referee in a football game, he stands on the sidelines, watching and judging the actions of the other characters without ever fully participating. By the way, Orlando carves Rosalind's name in the bark of the trees in the forest, and hangs love poems for her on the tree branches. Orlando cares for the aging Adam in the Forest of Ardenne and later risks his life to save Oliver from a hungry lioness, proving himself a proper gentleman. We think the takeaway from As You Like It is best put in the words of a different great poet—Dr.
Regardless, he considers himself to have great potential, and his victorious battle with Charles proves him right. It is the love for Rosalind that makes Celia choose a life of voluntary. This display of undeserved generosity prompts Oliver to change himself into a better, more loving person. Orlando falls in love with Rosalind but is forced to flee to the forest of Ardenne where he composes poems to her on the bark of the trees. It was also around that time that he wrote what many consider to be his greatest achievement,. After Orlando's love for Rosalind matures during the course of the play, she reveals herself to him at the end.
As elucidated by her extreme love of Rosalind and her immediate devotion to Oliver, whom she marries at the end of the play, Celia possesses a loving heart, but is prone to deep, almost excessive emotions. It is his defeat which makes Orlando a hero enabling him to win the heart of Rosalind. Content in the forest, where he claims to learn as much from stones and brooks as he would in a church or library, Duke Senior proves himself to be a kind and fair-minded ruler. Touchstone a court fool and a clown. When Orlando arrives home, he is greeted by Adam who tells him to flee immediately because Oliver has vowed to kill him.