As You Like It | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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As You Like It | Part Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • 1600s, France

    Orlando fights with Oliver about his inheritance. Oliver urges wrestler Charles to injure Orlando.

    Act 1, Scene 1
  • The next day

    Orlando defeats Charles in a wrestling match and meets Rosalind; they fall in love instantly.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • After the match

    Duke Frederick banishes Rosalind from court. Celia and Touchstone sneak away with Rosalind.

    Act 1, Scene 3
  • The next day

    Duke Frederick discovers Celia gone, suspects Orlando, and sends for Oliver to find his brother.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Meanwhile

    Servant Adam warns Orlando of his brother's murderous intent; they escape to the Forest of Arden.

    Act 2, Scene 3
  • At the same time, Arden

    Shepherd Corin helps Rosalind and Celia, disguised as Ganymede and Aliena, buy a cottage.

    Act 2, Scene 4
  • Sometime later, Arden

    Desperate for food, Orlando threatens Duke Senior, who welcomes him and Adam to join his feast.

    Act 2, Scene 7
  • Meanwhile, back at court

    Duke Frederick strips Oliver of his lands and wealth and forces him to seek out his brother Orlando.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Meanwhile, Arden

    Rosalind and Celia find love poems posted on the trees; Celia identifies Orlando as the author.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Immediately thereafter

    Orlando agrees to woo Ganymede, Rosalind in disguise, to prove his love for her.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Soon after

    Touchstone woos Audrey, and Jaques dissuades them from a hasty marriage in the forest.

    Act 3, Scene 3
  • Soon after

    Phoebe spurns shepherd Silvius and falls for Ganymede.

    Act 3, Scene 5
  • Sometime later

    Rosalind, as Ganymede, and Orlando have a mock wedding, officiated by Celia.

    Act 4, Scene 1
  • Not long thereafter

    Silvius is dismayed that Phoebe's note to Ganymede is a love letter; Rosalind plans to unite them.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • Immediately after

    Oliver tells Rosalind and Celia that Orlando was injured saving him from a lion; Rosalind faints.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • Later that day

    Oliver and Celia, as Aliena, fall in love; Rosalind plans for multiple marriages.

    Act 5, Scene 2
  • The next day

    Ganymede reveals herself as Rosalind, is reunited with her father, Duke Senior, and marries Orlando.

    Act 5, Scene 4
  • At the same time

    Celia marries Oliver, Phoebe marries Silvius, and Audrey marries Touchstone.

    Act 5, Scene 4
  • Immediately after

    Duke Frederick relinquishes the crown to Duke Senior, who promises to reward his loyal lords.

    Act 5, Scene 4

Part Summaries Chart

Part Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 The play opens with Orlando bitterly complaining to Adam, a servant of his brother Oliver. Oliver has inherited their fa... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Celia tries to cheer up Rosalind, who is sad over her father's exile. They discuss Fortune and Nature, trying to underst... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 Rosalind declares her love for Orlando to Celia, but they are interrupted by Duke Frederick. Without preamble, he banish... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 In the Forest of Arden, Duke Senior speaks to his "brothers in exile" of the sweetness and safety of country life in com... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Duke Frederick discovers that Celia is missing, having joined Rosalind in banishment. "Can it be possible that no man sa... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 After the wrestling match at court, Adam lectures Orlando, asking, "Know you not, master, to some kind of men/Their grac... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 Rosalind, Celia, and Touchstone arrive in the Forest of Arden, weary from their flight. As two shepherds approach, the t... Read More
Act 2, Scene 5 The scene opens in the forest with Amiens singing a verse about the simple pleasures of the forest, where "Here shall he... Read More
Act 2, Scene 6 Orlando and Adam enter the forest, where Adam bemoans that he can go no farther and that he will die of hunger. "Here li... Read More
Act 2, Scene 7 Duke Senior and the First Lord look for Jaques, who shows up just at that moment. Jaques excitedly announces that he has... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Back at court Duke Frederick grills Oliver on the whereabouts of Orlando, praising his own "mercy" for not taking reveng... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 Orlando writes love poems to Rosalind and posts them on the trees of the forest. Meanwhile, Corin and Touchstone discuss... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 Touchstone woos Audrey, a goat herder, while Jaques observes from a distance and mocks his foolishness. Touchstone compa... Read More
Act 3, Scene 4 Rosalind and Celia await Orlando, who has promised to visit Ganymede, but he's late. Rosalind is on the verge of tears a... Read More
Act 3, Scene 5 Rosalind, Celia, and Corin eavesdrop as Silvius, a lovelorn shepherd, begs his love Phoebe not to be so scornful. Phoebe... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Jaques hails Ganymede (Rosalind) to make his (her) acquaintance. They discuss Jaques's melancholy nature, which he loves... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Duke Senior's Lords have killed a deer in their hunt, and Jaques proposes they should present the hunter who took it dow... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 Rosalind and Celia, disguised as Ganymede and Aliena, await Orlando, who is once again late. Celia scoffs that he must b... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Audrey is impatient to be married, and Touchstone reassures her that it will happen. However, Touchstone has a rival for... Read More
Act 5, Scene 2 Orlando is surprised to discover that Oliver has fallen in love with Aliena (Celia) on very short acquaintance. Oliver a... Read More
Act 5, Scene 3 Audrey and Touchstone are eagerly discussing their upcoming nuptials when two of Duke Senior's pages arrive. Touchstone ... Read More
Act 5, Scene 4 The couples and their friends gather for the wedding. Rosalind, as Ganymede, reaffirms that everyone is on board with he... Read More
Epilogue Rosalind addresses the audience directly, saying that while it is not the custom for a lady to deliver an epilogue, it's... Read More
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