Orlando: Character Analysis in The Play - As You Like It

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      The play As You Like It depicts a galaxy of the most amazing characters, who provide a new dimension to the drama. Among all those characters Orlando deserves our special attention. In the comedy Orlando is scratched as a young nobleman, being the youngest son of Sir Rowland De Boys. As a character in the initial acts, he appears completely as an aggressive man who considered himself mistreated by his elder brother Oliver. In this way, in the initial stages of the play, Orlando wins over sympathy for the bad treatment given to him by his brother. Orlando always appears as a good-natured kind human being, although he has been the victim of the evil plans of his brother. He never protests against him, recognizing the respectable position that Oliver enjoys under being born first. These are the noble traits in the personality of Orlando.

Once Orlando reaches the forest of Arden, there are found some magnificent changes in the character of Orlando.
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      What attracts us most is the sincere lover inside Orlando, whose love for Rosalind is so deep and true that it cannot be measured by a common standard. From the day when Orlando sees her for the first time and the love which he feels for her has never come to an end till the last moment. Once Orlando reaches the forest of Arden, there are found some magnificent changes in the character of Orlando. It is he who saves the life of his brother from a hungry lioness and a snake.

       In the Arden from a resentful and aggressive young man, Orlando becomes every patient person. His sincere devotion and love for Rosalind, his true and honest feeling for her all come out in the forest of Arden. Once over from the anxiety attention of the court Orlando matured in the forest of Arden. In our final analysis, we may say that the character and the personality of Orlando created by Shakespeare becomes one of the most unique portrayals in the comedy and hence the most colorful figure in As You Like It.

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