Orlando (As You Like It)
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Orlando As You Like It
The Mock Marriage of Orlando and Rosalind by Walter Howell Deverel (1853)

Orlando is a fictional character and the male lead in the comedy As You Like It (1599/1600) by William Shakespeare.

Orlando is the younger son of the deceased Sir Rowland de Bois and brother of Oliver. He is brave, chivalrous, tender, modest, smart, strong, handsome and beloved by all. He resents the harsh treatment he receives at Oliver's hands and complains that Oliver is neglecting to educate him; Orlando feels that he is being kept like livestock. Nevertheless, he is not successful in expressing his love for Rosalind to her before he leaves to the forest of Arden.

At the start of the play Orlando complains about the harsh treatment given to him by his brother, Oliver, and says that Oliver will not even give him the paltry sum of 1000 crowns left to him in their father's will. He is portrayed as exceptionally strong in both body and in his devotion to love. It is these qualities that make Rosalind fall for him as well.

After angering Oliver's crony Duke Frederick, Orlando flees his familiar surroundings to live in exile in the Forest of Arden. There, he is accepted into the circle of the usurped Duke Senior and is eventually united in marriage with Duke Senior's daughter, Rosalind. Actor Laurence Olivier played the character in a 1936 film[1] with Elizabeth Bergner opposite him as Rosalind.


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