What makes Oliver in "As You Like It" such an unsympathetic character and why does Shakespeare portray him this way?

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Oliver is such an unsympathetic character because of his attitude towards his brother Orlando. He is horrible towards Orlando for seemingly no reason, and even strikes him and throws his out of the house. Shakespeare most likely portrayed him this way for two reasons: one, to show social upheaval and the importance outside the forest, of birthright and society. Secondly, Shakespeare uses Oliver as a direct foil to Orlando.

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