As You Like It Characters

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Of all the characters in As You Like It, Rosalind, Orlando, Touchstone, and Jaques have attracted the most critical commentary. Rosalind is perhaps the most important figure in the play, for it is through her influence that many; of the play's conflicts and controversies are resolved. It is Rosalind's self-awareness, as well as her charming wit and individualism, that enables her to resist and correct the false definitions of love of those around her. It also allows her to assess other characters' motives and aspirations. Orlando-the primary focus of Rosalind's attention-has seemingly little appeal beyond his role as a stereotype of the romantic lover. Closer examination reveals, however, that for all of his passionate rhetoric and wretched verse-writing, Orlando is a character of nimble wit. This quality is perhaps most evident in his humorous debate with Jaques in Act III, scene ii. Touchstone is all that his name...

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