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As You Like It | Characters

Character Description
Rosalind Rosalind is the witty, vivacious daughter of the banished Duke Senior. During her exile she takes the name Ganymede and pretends to be a man. Read More
Orlando Orlando is the youngest son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys. He has inherited nothing, however, and has few prospects due to his circumstances. Read More
Celia Celia, the daughter of Duke Frederick, goes into exile with her cousin and dearest friend, Rosalind. During her escape she assumes the name Aliena. Read More
Touchstone Touchstone is the clever, philosophical jester to Duke Frederick. He accompanies Rosalind and Celia into the forest. Read More
Duke Frederick Duke Frederick is a stern, vindictive lord who has usurped the position of Duke Senior, his older brother, at court. Read More
Duke Senior Duke Senior is a kind and generous lord who has been banished by his younger brother, Duke Frederick, and lives in the Forest of Arden. He is the father of Rosalind. Read More
Oliver Oliver de Boys is the greedy, spiteful eldest son and inheritor of Sir Rowland de Boys's estate who is responsible for the upkeep of his brothers, one of whom is Orlando. He later falls in love with Celia. Read More
Adam Adam is initially a servant to Oliver, but his true loyalty lies with Orlando. This older man goes with Orlando to the forest.
Amiens Amiens is a lord who voluntarily goes into exile with Duke Senior. He sings to entertain those around him.
Attendants Attendants serve the dukes throughout the play.
Audrey Audrey is an ignorant but honest shepherdess who loves and marries Touchstone.
Charles Charles is the favored wrestler of Duke Frederick's court. He is strong and brutal, often injuring his opponents.
Corin Corin is a wise older shepherd who helps Rosalind and Celia find a place to live. He also counsels Silvius in matters of love and debates philosophy with Touchstone.
Dennis Dennis is Oliver's servant. He brings Charles to meet with Oliver before the wrestling match.
First lord of Duke Frederick The first lord attending Duke Frederick reports that Celia's bed was found empty when she goes missing.
First lord of Duke Senior The first lord attending Duke Senior in exile describes Jaques weeping over an injured deer. He also kills a deer for the party to eat.
First page The first page attending Duke Senior in exile sings a song about spring for Touchstone and Audrey.
Hymen Hymen is the god of marriage who praises that institution and performs the wedding ceremony for the couples in the play.
Jaques Jaques is a cynical, depressed lord who attends Duke Senior in exile. He does not enjoy court life but loves to talk philosophy (and, indeed, to hear himself talk).
Jaques de Boys Jaques, the middle brother to Oliver and Orlando, has been away at school but appears in the final scene to deliver news of Duke Frederick to Duke Senior's party in the Forest of Arden.
Le Beau Le Beau is a shrewd courtier of Duke Frederick's. He warns Orlando to leave the court after the wrestling match.
Lords Unnamed lords attend on the dukes Frederick and Senior throughout the play.
Sir Oliver Martext Sir Oliver Martext is a lowly country priest who is supposed to marry Touchstone and Audrey.
Musicians Musicians perform during various scenes of the play.
Phoebe Phoebe is a scornful shepherdess who disdains the love of Silvius, even though she herself is no prize.
Second lord of Duke Frederick The second lord attending Duke Frederick reports to the duke that Celia may have gone off with Orlando.
Second lord of Duke Senior The second lord attending Duke Senior in exile tells the duke about Jaques weeping over an injured deer. He later sings a song about deer horns.
Second page The second page attending Duke Senior in exile sings a song about spring for Touchstone and Audrey.
Silvius Silvius, a young shepherd, is deeply in love with Phoebe even though she treats him terribly.
William William is a simple country youth who says he is in love with Audrey but easily gives her up to Touchstone.
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