What is the mental state of Orlando when he talks to Oliver in Act 1, Scene 1 of As You Like It?

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In Act I, Scene I, of As You Like It, Orlando is in an angry state of mind. He redresses his grievances against Oliver, his elder brother, who was charged by their father to educate and make a gentleman of Orlando. However, for unworthy reasons, Oliver raised Orlando like a peasant and denied him education and advantages, while treating their younger brother Jaques with favor, as directed by their father.

Orland demands that Oliver treat him well or give him the share of fortune bequeathed to him by their father's will. Orlando feels he has matured into manhood and is demanding the rights and dignity that properly belong to him, and he is ready to face off with Oliver to see that he successfully gains what he is asking for. However, when it comes to Oliver's later murder attempts, Orlando decides escape and exile are safer.

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