Rosalind Characterization in as You Like It

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In the play As You Like It by William Shakespeare, shakespeare develops characterization for Rosalind in Act 4, Scene 1. He develops characterization by his word choices. Rosalind is the daughter of the banished Duke Senior. She stayed with his uncle, Duke Fredrick, and was also banished. Rosalind and Celia made an escape with Touchstone to find the Forest of Arden to find Rosalind's banished father. Rosalind is characterized as curious, self-opinionated and forgiving. In this essay you will learn of reasons why Rosalind is characterized as curious, self-opinionated, and forgiving.

In the play Shakespeare characterizes Rosalind as curious. In Act 4, Scene 1, she says,"What would you say to me now and I was your very, very Rosalind?" In Act 4, Scene 1, she also says,"How long would you have her after you have possessed her?" She questions Orlando about her love for Rosalind while disguised as Ganymede. She wants to know how Orlando actually feels about her. Rosalind also pretends to be Rosalind while disguised as Ganymede for Orlando. She does that because she again wants to find out his true feelings for her. That is why Shakespeare characterizes Rosalind as curious.

In the play Shakespeare characterizes Rosalind also as self-opinionated. What makes her self-opinionated are her words.  In Act 4, Scene 1, Rosalind says, "...of the thousand part of a minute in the affairs of love, it may be said of him that Cupid hath clapped him o'th'shoulder, but I'll warrant him heart-whole." She thinks if a lover is late then she thinks they might love her but she is doubtful that they love her. Also she says, "...which such as you are fain to be beholding to your wives for." She says and think that men always blame their wive for everything. Last but not least, in Act 4, Scene 1, she says,"But these are all lies. Men have died from time to time, and worms may have eaten them, but not for love." She says that men never die from love. Those examples were her opinions that...
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