What is a character sketch of Orlando in As You Like It?
Orlando is the ideal romantic hero for a play like As You Like It. He makes an excellent match for the heroine Rosalind, because they are both intelligent and strong individuals. Orlando has to flee to the Forest of Arden because his brother Oliver wants to have him killed. Orlando is in danger because he courageously assaults and berates Oliver. Orlando further proves his bravery by assaulting Duke Senior and some of his followers in the Forest of Arden and demanding food for himself and his loyal servant Adam. Rosalind falls in love with Orlando virtiually at first sight because he seems to be such an ideal specimen of young manhood in every respect. He is also a romantic man. He writes love poems and hangs them on trees hoping Rosalind will see them. To be so strong and athletic and so tender at the same time seems a rare combination, and it is no wonder that Rosalind falls for him.
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