In Shakespeare's As You Like It, what role does Adam play? How can he be compared to Celia?

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Adam is dutiful servant to both Oliver and Orlando, but chooses to be more of a father-figure for Orlando. Adam is a supportive character for Orlando just as Celia supports Rosalind. The dedication and loyalty that both Adam and Celia show to Orlando and Rosalind, respectively, is truly admirable. Adam tells Orlando some of the reasons for his loyalty to him by saying:

What, my young master?--O my gentle master!
O my sweet master! O you memory
Of old Sir Rowland! why, what make you here?
Why are you virtuous? why do people love you?
And wherefore are you gentle, strong, and valiant?
Why would you be so fond to overcome
The bonny prize of the humorous duke?
Your praise is come too swiftly home before you (II.ii).

And Celia makes her love and loyalty known when she says:

Herein I see thou lov'st me not with the full weight that I
love thee; if my uncle, thy banished father, had banished thy uncle, the duke my father, so thou hadst been still with me, I could have taught my love to take thy father for mine; so wouldst thou, if the truth of thy love to me were so righteously tempered as mine is to thee(I.ii).

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