At Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Rosalind was a daughter of a Duke that had been banished by his own brother (which means Rosalind’s uncle). However, Rosalind stayed at the palace because of the love of her cousin, Celia.
Rosalind began to be attracted by Orlando at their first meeting before the wrestling. She used their fathers’ friendship as a disguise of her love for Orlando.
ROSALIND. The Duke my father lov’d his father dearly.
CELIA. Doth it therefore ensue that you should love his son dearly? By this kind of chase I should hate him, for my father hated his father dearly; yet I hate not Orlando.
ROSALIND. No, faith, hate him not, for my sake.
(Act I Scene III)
Her intelligence dominated the play, or at least she had a sharp points from what she’d been saying. Maybe, that was one way a shepherdess had fallen to her when she disguised as a man.
Think not I love him, though I ask for him;
‘Tis but a peevish boy; yet he talks well.
But what care I for words? Yet words do well
When he that speaks them pleases those that hear.
It is a pretty youth- not very pretty;
But, sure, he’s proud; and yet his pride becomes him.
He’ll make a proper man. The best thing in him
Is his complexion; and faster than his tongue
Did make offence, his eye did heal it up.
(Phebe, Act III Scene V)
However, her feelings for Orlando couldn’t hide the ‘womanhood’ inside her. She became uneasy when Orlando didn’t come at the time he’s promised. Although she still could manage her behaviour in front of Orlando. She behave as a gentleman when she became Ganymede, she tested Orlando’s love, and made him learning how to treat Rosalind.
Rosalind had a fair heart. As she banished by her uncle, she learned how to be tougher. Moreover, she disguised as a man. At the end of the play, it was Rosalind who drive the affairs, so that all became settled as they should be.
More about Character Thursday.