What is the relationship between Adam and Orlando in Act 2, Scene 3?  Relationship between a master and his servant?

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Adam is devoted to Orlando because of the young man's good nature and resemblance to old Sir Rowland, father of both Orlando and his brother Oliver whom Adam despises. Adam warns Orlando that Oliver has plans to murder him and offers to lend him five hundred crowns, his life's savings, in order to flee from his brother's home immediately. Adam asks to be taken with him and promises to serve him faithfully in spite of his advanced age of eighty. Orlando appreciates the old man's devotion and long years of service to his family. He proves this when they arrive at the Forest of Arden by attacking Duke Senior and his followers single-handed in Act 2, Scene 7 and demanding food to take back to Adam, who was unable to go any farther. The two men represent the traditional relationship between master and servant which is going out of fashion. Orlando is a major character in the play. Adam is a minor character who serves mainly to allow for dialogue that will inform and audience of important information and advance the plot.


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