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When the play opens, Rosalind is living with her cousin, Celia and uncle, Duke Frederick, who has banished her father, Duke Senior. She meets Orlando at a wrestling match and is smitten with him.
Duke Frederick decides to kick Rosliand out too, so she joins forces with Celia and her uncle's fool, Touchstone, to head off to the Forest of Arden. She will dress as a boy, Ganymede, and her cousin will remain a lady.
Rosalind, the instigator of this fairly dangerous escapade, is obviously resourceful. She is also willing to take a big risk by dressing as a male. So, she is brave and daring as well.
When she finds out the Orlando is also in the forest, but that he has been writing mediocre love notes and posting them all about, she decides to tutor him on the Art of Love. Here, she displays her unconventional side. She, as a proper young lady, would have been taught to let the man take the lead. But as Ganymede, she boldly educates Oralndo on how to woo a lady.
She displays much strength of character in the play, standing up for what she believes is right. In the end, she is reunited with her father and the play ends, in true comic style with her wedding to Orlando.
She is the daughter of the exiled Duke Senior and niece to his usurping brother Duke Frederick. After angering her uncle, she leaves his court for exile in the Forest of Arden. There, she lives disguised as a shepherd with her devoted cousin, Celia and her uncle's fool Touchstone. Eventually, Rosalind is reunited with her father and is married to her faithful lover, Orlando.
Rosalind is definitely one of Shakespeare's most recognized heroines. Admired for her intelligence, quick wit, and beauty, Rosalind is a vital character in "As You Like It." Most commonly seen next to her beloved cousin Celia, Rosalind is also a faithful friend, leader, and schemer. She stayed true to her family and friends throughout the entire story, no matter how dangerous the consequences truly were. Rosalind dominates the stage. Her True decision making skills can be seen in the last act of Scene V where she has to present herself as Rosalind to her father and to Orlando but at the same time change Phebe's opinion to marry Silvius.
Rosalind has been played by various notable actresses including Elizabeth Bergner in a 1936 film opposite Laurence Olivier as Orlando,Helena Bonham Carter in the 2000 BBC Radio 4 version, Helen Mirren in the 1978 BBC version of the play directed by Basil Coleman, and Bryce Dallas Howard in the2006 production directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Acclaimed Tony Award-winning American actress Patti LuPone played the role at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, after her award-winning portrayal of Eva Peron in the original Broadway run of Evita. This caused much speculation because LuPone was leaving the Broadway stage and moving to "regional" work.
Adrian Lester won a Time Out Award for his performance as Rosalind in Cheek by Jowl's 1991 production of As You Like It. A male actor in the role (as would have been the norm in Shakespeare's time) underlines the confusion of gender roles within the play: at one point, a male actor is playing a woman who is pretending to be a man acting the part of a woman.
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