As You Like It

what are the differences which can be found in the relation between orlando and oliver in the begnning and at the end of the play as you like it written by shakesphere

There is some different relation between orlando and oliver when as you like it started and some different relation when as you like it ends.Tell that difference.

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Character Analysis

Oliver de Boys is the oldest son of Sir Rowland de Boys, which makes him the older brother of Orlando and Jaques de Boys (not to be confused with Jaques the melancholy clown). Because he's the oldest, Oliver has inherited just about all of his dead father's fortune and he's also been put in charge of looking after his little brothers.

You probably noticed that Oliver isn't exactly the nurturing type. In fact, he's kind of a jerk. He treats his little brother Orlando like he treats his servants, refuses to pay for Orlando's schooling, and never gives the kid any walking around money.

Oliver's bad behavior toward his brother hints at larger social issue – primogeniture, or the system in which all of a father's wealth, land, and titles are passed down to his eldest son. (Yep, that means that any sisters or younger brothers totally get the shaft.) Shakespeare is really interested in the kinds of problems primogeniture can create. It comes into play in King Lear (where Edmund is so bitter that he tries to destroy his older half-brother) and also in Henry IV Part 1 (where King Henry worries that his son, Prince Hal, is waiting for his him to hurry up and die so he can inherit the crown).

Still, Oliver's not just a tightwad – he's also a would-be murderer because he tries to have Orlando killed by the court wrestler, saying he'd just as soon have Charles "break [Orlando's] neck as his finger" (1.1.18). Yikes!

So, what, if anything, motivates this character? For the answer, let's turn to Oliver:

[...] I hope I shall see

an end of him; for my soul, yet I know not why,

hates nothing more than he. Yet he's gentle, never

schooled and yet learned, full of noble device, of

all sorts enchantingly beloved, and indeed so much

in the heart of the world, and especially of my own

people, who best know him, that I am altogether

misprised: (1.1.19)

It's pretty obvious he hates his little brother because Orlando is inherently good and people like him more than they like Oliver. So, Oliver is petty and jealous, at best, which makes him a classic example of the "bad brother."

Literary critic Anne Barton says Oliver's petty jealousy also makes him a lot like the "bad witch" figure in fairy tales. We have to agree. When you think about it, there's not much difference between Oliver and, say, the evil queen who wants her pretty step-daughter dead because a magic mirror says "Snow White is fairest of them all." (The same can be said of Duke Frederick, who kicks Rosalind out of court because she's more popular than his daughter.)

In other words, Oliver is mean-spirited and hateful for no good reason, which means his character doesn't have much depth. This becomes even more clear when Oliver undergoes a sudden "conversion" in the Forest of Arden after his little brother saves him from a "green and gilded snake" and then a "hungry lioness" (4.3.5-9). What? You want to know more about this snake and lion business? Fine, go to "Symbolism" and check it out.



Character Analysis

Orlando is the youngest son of the late Sir Rowland de Boys. He's also the younger brother of the nasty tyrant Oliver and lover of Rosalind.

If we think about Orlando's trajectory in the play, he sounds a lot like a troubled teenager. He stands up to his bully of a big brother, picks a fight with a bigger guy, runs away to the Forest of Arden, and then tags up all the trees with poems about his girlfriend. Still, as is always the case, things are a bit more complicated than this.

Being a Little Brother

The first time we meet Orlando, he's fired up and says he's ready to "mutiny" (1.1.1) against his big bro. What's Orlando so angry about, you ask? Well, his father has died and he's been left penniless because of the system of primogeniture, which says that oldest sons get to inherit all of their fathers' wealth while younger sons, like Orlando, get zilch. Wait – it gets worse. Not only did Orlando get shafted in his dad's will, he is also treated like dirt by his older brother, Oliver, who is supposed to be taking care of him:

My father charged you in his will to give me good

education: you have trained me like a peasant,

obscuring and hiding from me all gentleman-like

qualities. The spirit of my father grows strong in

me, and I will no longer endure it: (1.1.10)

Orlando knows he's angry, but here, he doesn't know quite know what to do about it so he vents his frustration by running out and challenging Charles, the court wrestler, to a match. Orlando is the underdog every audience roots for, and miraculously he wins the match, even though Charles has a reputation as a bone crusher.

Orlando's Sappy Poetry

Still, Orlando isn't exactly a testosterone-driven meathead. Once he meets the luscious Rosalind, he falls head-over-heels in love. Like Romeo, Orlando responds to this new flood of passion by being a romantic drama queen. You did notice how he littered the Forest of Arden with sappy love poetry about Rosalind, didn't you? If Orlando were a modern day teenager, he'd probably be running around writing his cheesy verses on the bathroom walls at school. Since he's a fictional character who lives in the Forest of Arden, he tags up all the trees instead. Here's an example, in case you missed one of the gazillion poems hung from the trees in Arden:

From the east to western Ind,

No jewel is like Rosalind.

Her worth, being mounted on the wind,

Through all the world bears Rosalind.

All the pictures fairest lined

Are but black to Rosalind.

Let no fair be kept in mind

But the fair of Rosalind. (3.2.1)

OK. Orlando's not going to win a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry any time soon. As Rosalind and Touchstone point out, Orlando seems sincere, but this mushy, sing-songy stuff is also really bad poetry. Jaques even begs him to "mar no more trees with writing love-songs in their barks" (3.2.3).

Not only that, but Orlando's idea of love is highly artificial. In fact, his poetry and behavior make him look and sound a lot like what we call a "Petrarchan lover." (In other words, he's someone who acts like a guy in one of Francis Petrarch's 14th-century Italian love poems. This involves a lot of dramatic sighing, sadness, and frustration over an unattainable girl who could kill a man with a dirty look. Sound familiar? It should because this is exactly how Romeo behaves at the very beginning of Romeo and Juliet.)

So, it's a good thing that Rosalind is willing to remind Orlando that real love is nothing like the stuff we find in cheesy poetry, fortune cookies, or even some popular poetry. Whenever Orlando gets overly dramatic and silly, she gently reminds him that love is not a Hallmark e-card.

How does she do this? Let's look at an example. When Orlando suggests that his love for Rosalind might be the end of him because her "frown might kill" him (4.1.13), Rosalind says this is not likely to happen. As Ros points out, "Men have died from time to time, and worms have eaten them, but not for love" (4.1.18). When Orlando figures out that love is not a Hallmark e-card, he learns how to be the perfect boyfriend/future husband.

Before we dismiss Orlando as some wimpy romantic who lets his girlfriend push him around, though, we want to remember that Shakespeare endows him with plenty of spirit. Not only does he beat up Charles in the wrestling match, he also fights a ferocious lion and saves his brother's life. All around, he's a likable and easy-going guy who might actually be able to handle his brassy, cross-dressing girlfriend.


Orlando depicts a traditional protagonist character. He has Nobel qualities. He is loved by all and sundry due to his virtues. His love and concern for even his subordinates like Adam makes him quite popular even among Oliver's own people. Also he is equally brave as he defeats Charles, the duke wrester; a bravery indeed which is quite uncommon such a young age.

Olives depicts all antagonist traits. He is wicked fellow and denies his own brother the honest part of property .He deprives Orlando from leading a blue blood life which his birth deserves. He is also coward who first lay hands on Orlando but when been opposed backs off.

The exposition of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" deals with the quarrel between the two sons of the late Sir Rowland de Boys. Through the means of this quarrel Shakespeare highlights the differences between the two brothers.

Oliver: is the elder brother and he has inherited his father's title and estate. Sir Rowland had mentioned in his will that he must look after his younger brother and give him a good education and bring him up like a gentleman. But Oliver out of jealousy denies his brother Orlando a gentleman's education and upbringing and treats him like an ordinary peasant worker on his estate. This clearly reveals that he is a jealous person.

Secondly, there is no reason for Oliver to be jealous of his younger brother Orlando and treat him in the unfair manner that he does. This clearly proves that he lacks self-confidence and is an insecure person.

Thirdly, this combination of jealousy and insecurity drives him to plan his younger brother's murder. He tells lies about Orlando to Duke Frederick's wrestler Charles and poisons his mind and tells him, "I had as lief thou didst break his neck as his finger." This clearly reveals to us his wicked and evil nature.

Orlando: the hero of the play, he is the younger brother of Oliver. The play opens with Orlando complaining righteously of the ill treatment meted out to him by his jealous and evil elder brother Oliver:

Oliver was the eldest son of Roland De boys.he is treats Orlando very badly Orlando was the younger sister of Oliver.Oliver treats his horses better than Orlando.He does not sent him in school for proper education because Orlando is very sharp minded have all the qualities of his father and have a great personality

Oliver thought that if he gave him proper education and qualities of a gentlemen he fought for his property money which his father Roland De Boys left for him and oliver do not want this thats why he treats him like a animal.