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davon | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 25, 2007 at 1:35 AM via web

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What are some strengths, weaknesses, and motivations of the character Jaques from the play, As You Like It?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 11, 2007 at 9:55 AM (Answer #1)

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Jaques' empathy for the deer is a strength as a human, but a weakness for someone trying to survive in the forest.

Jaques' alternative perspectives allow him to generate good advice, a strength.
Jaques' pessimism is a weakness in someone trying to survive in the forest, but, again, it provides balance for the company, and so is a strength.

He can be clear-sighted, quite a strength.

As for motivation, he wants to serve the Duke, and then, later, to find a greater meaning in his life.

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