What are the differences you find among the several love relationships in As You Like It?

kc4u | Student

Shakespeare's romantic comedies such as As You Like It & Twelfth Night are all full of various love-relationships.

The central pair of lovers in As You Like It comprises Rosalind & Orlando, and the love is an example of love at the first sight which, nevertheless, does not run smooth. The love originates in the Duke's Court during the wrestling bout won over by Orlando. It, however, matures in the pastoral setting of the Forest of Arden, where Rosalind takes the initiative by being disguised as Ganymede, and Orlando showing his passion as a love-lorn youth hanging verses on to the trees.

The Oliver-Celia love seems to stand in opposition to the Orlando-Rosalind affair. Celia is more matter-of-fact than her friend & cousin, Rosalind, and her love for Oliver is more reported than enacted in the play.

The Silvius-Phebe affair is the stereotypical pastoral-romantic stuff cast in a frame of mockery : Silvius being more in love with the idea of love and its conventions, rather than with his beloved.

Touchstone, the professional jester, makes a parody of romantic love in his having the country wench, Audrey, for a bride. Touchstone is himself aware of only the sexual aspect of love & reminds us of the same. He looks for a bogus priest to solemnise his marriage, and thinks of a divorce even before marrying Audrey.

It seems that the Forest of Arden is replete with love, though all the versions of love are not genuinely romantic, and there are gestures of love that border on the farcical. The usurper duke's Court is deficient in love: there is lack of brotherly love between the two dukes and between Oliver & Orlando to which is contrasted is the sisterly love between Rosalind & Celia.

As You Like It thus illustrates a large variety of love, revealing sharp contrasts between the romantic and the matter-of-fact, between the ideal & the actual.

renoa | Student

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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