Orlando Irony

Orlando Irony

Kissing the wrong girl

The Queen likes Orlando as soon as she sees him and even decides to make him her strewed. While the Queen may have expected Orlando to be faithful to her, this doesn’t happen and one day, the Queen caught him kissing a girl. Ironically, Orlando destroyers his chances of having the Queen’s favor by kissing a servant and by enraging the woman who could make sure that he would be financially stable for the rest of his life.

Low company

Despite being one of the Queen favorites and being able to spend his time with noblemen and high born people, Orlando chooses the company of those who are below him, common people or people with a questionable character. This is seen as something ironical, because the character who is always surrounded by the best people in society chooses to stay with those who are considered as being the scum of the earth and risks to destroy his reputation in the process.

The womanizer who suffers because of love

Orlando is a character who likes to fool around with women. He likes to spend his time with beautiful women and he doesn’t seem to care whether they are high-borne of not. At one point however, he falls in love with the beautiful Russian princess, Sasha. They even plan to run away together since Orlando is already in the process of getting married with a lady from the King’ court. Ironically, Sasha does to him what he probably had done to numerous women before, namely she leaves him for another man.

Shaping the way we think

From the beginning of the novel, the narrator claims that she will try to be impartial and that she will not try to shape the way the reader thinks about the subject of her biography. Ironically, she does the complete opposite and she try to convince the readers that Orlando’s actions are not as bad as they seem and instead of considering that his actions are immoral, the narrator hints that the reader’s opinion is wrong.

Not what he thought it would be

During the period when Orlando was obsessed with literature, he considered Nick Green, an influential writer from his time as being his role model. One of Orlando’s friends manages to make Green meet with Orlando so they could discuss about literature. When the time comes, Orlando is disappointed to see that his idol is nothing from what he thought he would be. What is more, after his talk with Orlando, Green writes a parody based on Orlando’s personality that becomes famous.

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