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Describe the love between Orlando and Rosalind in As You Like It.

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lanukumzuk1123 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 5, 2010 at 1:15 AM via web

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Describe the love between Orlando and Rosalind in As You Like It.

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shakespeareguru | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted August 11, 2010 at 11:09 PM (Answer #1)

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Shakespeare considers the nature and manifestation of Love in all of his comedies.  Love was a big issue in his day, because the idea of marrying someone for love (rather than to create an alliance between families or to secure financial stability) was just becoming an actual possibility.

At the beginning of the play, Orlando and Rosalind meet and fall in love at first sight, a common occurrence between romantic leads in a Shakespeare comedy.  So this part of their "relationship" is quite ordinary.

However, they later meet in the forest of Arden.  Rosalind, by now, is disguised as a boy (Ganymede), so, at least for the time being, their relationship has no way to proceed in a conventional way.

Instead, noticing that Orlando is not the suavest of wooers, Rosalind proposes to teach him about the art of Love.  It is during this process, when they are alone together as equals (since Orlando assumes that Rosalind is Ganymede and his male equal), that they are able to get to know one another as people rather than simply the objects of each other's affections.

As You Like It is a comedy, and therefore is required to end in a wedding, so we know that Rosalind and Orlando will wed at the end of the play.  However, it is this interesting twist of the two of them deepening their feelings for each other during their honest interactions while Rosalind is disguised as a boy that gives their love it's unique flavor.

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renoa | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted June 12, 2012 at 1:37 PM (Answer #3)

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the relationship between the two characters Rosalind & Orlando . they are two lovers from William Shakespeare play As you like it .  From the beginning ,  Rosalind is the daughter of Duke Senior. Rosalind, considered one of Shakespeare’s most delightful heroines, is independent minded, strong-willed, good-hearted, and terribly clever. Rather than slink off into defeated exile, Rosalind resourcefully uses her trip to the Forest of Ardenne as an opportunity to take control of her own destiny. When she disguises herself as Ganymede a handsome young man and offers herself as a tutor in the ways of love to her beloved Orlando, Rosalind’s talents and charms are on full display. Only Rosalind, for instance, is both aware of the foolishness of romantic love and delighted to be in love. She teaches those around her to think, feel, and love better than they have previously, and she ensures that the courtiers returning from Ardenne are far gentler than those who fled to it.

 

While Orlando is the youngest son of Sir Rowland de Bois and younger brother of Oliver. Orlando is an attractive young man who, under his brother’s neglectful care, has languished without a gentleman’s education or training. Regardless, he considers himself to have great potential, and his victorious battle with Charles proves him right. 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. 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.

 

Their relationship is just like an imagery story of man and young woman whom falls in love with each other, although neither of them realizes that their feelings are shared.

 

Later, they meet under very different circumstances, except now the young woman (by name of Rosalind) has the appearance of a male in his late teens and calls herself Ganymede. The young man (whose name is Orlando) doesn't recognize Rosalind, and believing that Ganymede is a teenage boy, treats him as a male confidant and talks to him about his love for Rosalind. Ganymede teases Orlando about this woman he is in love with and promises to cure Orlando of his love, provided that Orlando courts Ganymede as if he were Rosalind. Orlando agrees to play this game. The first thing that makes is the situation interesting is that although Orlando doesn't see through Rosalind's disguise at all and is completely convinced that Ganymede is male, he finds himself strangely fascinated by the youth, and even attracted to him.

 

Rosalind clings to the part of Ganymede because of the freedom it allows her. In her boy's disguise, she escapes  the limitations of being a woman the conscious object of Orlando's love. She learns a great deal about herself, about Orlando, and about love itself which she could not have done within the normal conventions of society.

 

Finally , it is a comedy and love story at the same time . the two of them discovered that they love each other and it ended happily as Shakespeare wanted .

 

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roopaksrinivasan | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 25, 2012 at 7:51 AM (Answer #4)

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At the beginning of the play, Orlando and Rosalind meet at the wrestling match and fall in love at first sight, a common occurrence between romantic leads in a Shakespeare comedy.  So this part of their "relationship" is quite ordinary.

At the forest of Arden  Rosalind is disguised as a boy (Ganymede), so, at least for the time being, their relationship has no way to proceed in a conventional way. She offers herself as a tutor in the ways of love to her beloved Orlando. Rosalind’s talents and charms are on full display.

When they meet under very different circumstances, Orlando treats Ganymede as a teenage boy, and confidently talks to him about his love for Rosalind. Ganymede teases Orlando about this woman he is in love with and promises to cure Orlando of his love, provided that Orlando courts Ganymede as if he were Rosalind. Orlando agrees to play this game of mock courtship. The first thing that makes is the situation interesting is that although Orlando doesn't see through Rosalind's disguise at all and is completely convinced that Ganymede is male, he finds himself strangely fascinated by the youth, and even attracted to him.

 

Rosalind clings to the part of Ganymede because of the freedom it allows her. In her boy's disguise, she escapes  the limitations of being a woman the conscious object of Orlando's love. She learns a great deal about herself, about Orlando, and about love itself which she could not have done within the normal conventions of society.

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marialobo | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

Posted August 16, 2010 at 4:11 PM (Answer #2)

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The main theme of a romantic comedy is love where a beautiful and charismatic heroine is the main turner of events and the love affair though does not run smooth still ends in marriage, overcoming all difficulties. Orlando and Rosalind fall in love with each other at first sight. Orlando’s. love for Rosalind is stylized on Petrarchan tradition, where there is a class difference between lover and the beloved and the lover never aspires to reach the beloved though he continues to love her from affair. He manifests his love in form of poems and celebrates the beloved in verses. Orlando. writes and hangs his poems in the Forest of Arden but never dares to go to Rosalind to confess his love for her. Rosalind finds the verses and after a series of mock courtships, their relationship culminates in marriage. Interestingly he does not hesitate to talk about his love to Ganymede (disguised Rosalind) Through out the play, Orlando’s passion for Rosalind weights so heavily on his tongue that he never manages to declare his love to Rosalind and pines for her. However he readily declares his love for her to the whole world through his poems. In this drama ‘As You like It’ Orlando gets Rosalind as Rosalind of their love is incidental as they both by chance land up in the Forest of Arden. Throughout the play Shakespeare is mocking the notion of Petrachan love

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kn0x007 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted October 13, 2012 at 9:06 AM (Answer #5)

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Orlando and Rosalind fall in love with each other at first sight. He manifests his love in form of poems and celebrates the beloved in verses. Orlando writes and hangs his poems in the Forest of Arden but never dares to go to Rosalind to confess his love for her. Rosalind finds the verses and after a series of mock courtships, their relationship culminates in marriage. Throughout the play, Orlando’s passion for Rosalind weights so heavily on his tongue that he never manages to declare his love to Rosalind and pines for her. However he readily declares his love for her to the whole world through his poems.

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