Rosalind is one of the most charming heroines of Shakespearan plays. The whole play AS YOU LIKE IT is centred around her and Ruskin rightly remarked Shakespeare has no heroes,but only heroines.What makes Rosalind immortal is her
1.FASCINATING PERSONALITY:Rosalind's fascinating personality is revealed through what she tells others,her sparkling wit and unfading charm.
2.FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH CELIA:Rosalind's love for Celia isdeep,sincere and true.She expresses her true love when she allows Celia to come with her even after her father is made duke.
3.PATIENCE AND ENDURANCE:Rosalind continues to live in the palace even after her fatheris banished bearing all hardships and patiently endures all the ill treatments of her uncle.
4.ROLE AS GANYMEDE:Rosalind's role as Ganymede will keep her in our minds for centuries to come.She donnedthe role of the hero and gave the epliogue,thus showing the power and depth of her character.
5.NATURAL GAIETY AND VIVACITY:Rosalind is introduced in a state of melancholy at the beginning.she appears to be a meek , submissive creature.however as soon as she reaches the forest of arden she is transformed into a merry,talkative Rosalind.
6.ESSENTIAL FEMINITY:Rosalind even though in a man's apparel is essentially feminine.She has a woman's admiration for Orlando.She even swoons when she hears about Orlando being wounded.She also took pleasure in courting ,wooing and even mockingly marrying Orlando without him knowing it was her in a man's outfit.
7.SELF-DEFENCE AGAINST FREDERICK'S ACCUSATIONS:At the beginning of the play Rosalind is calm and quiet.However when duke Frederick decides to banish her from his court her disposition changes.She also told it was not her father who was a traitor and treason was not something that was inherited.
8.SPARKLING WIT AND LOVE OF INTRIGUE:Rosalind displays her sparkling wit as well as her love of intrigue as soon as she enters the forest of arden.She is never at loss for a retort(a quick humorous reply)or a repartee(quick amusing comment)in her conversation with Tochstone and Orlando.
9.COMMON SENSE AND INGENUITY:Under the lightness of her heart and apparent recklessness,there lies a bundle of sound common sense in Rosalind.She has no sympathy for jaques nor for phebe. She gives Orlando lessons inprudence derived from her own observation of the world.she shows her ingenuity when she tells Orlando she had learned magic from her uncle and could cure him of his love sickness.Orlando and duke senior partially believe her.
Rosalind is indeed a strong character and is perphaps the best creation of shakespeare's.
Rosalind is the heroine and protagonist of the play As You Like It (1600) by William Shakespeare.
She is the beautiful daughter of the exiled Duke Senior and niece to his usurping brother Duke Frederick. Her father is banished from the kingdom which breaks her heart. She then meets Orlando, one of her father's friends' son and falls in love with him. After angering her uncle, she leaves his court for exile in the Forest of Arden. Disguised as a shepherd named Ganymede, Rosalind lives with her sweet and devoted cousin, Celia (who is disguised as Ganymede's sister, Aliena), and Duke Frederick's fool Touchstone. Eventually, Rosalind is reunited with her father and married to her faithful lover, Orlando.
Rosalind is one of Shakespeare's most recognized heroines. Admired for her intelligence, quick wit, and beauty, Rosalind is a vital character in "As You Like It." Most commonly seen next to her beloved cousin Celia, Rosalind is also a faithful friend, leader, and schemer. She stays true to her family and friends throughout the entire story, no matter how dangerous the consequences. Rosalind dominates the stage. Her true decision-making skills can be seen in the last scene of Act V (5) where she has to present herself as Rosalind to her father and to Orlando, but at the same time change Phebe's opinion to marry Silvius. She is the main character of the play who extracts the clarity of important traits in other characters.
Art and stage depictions
Rosalind has been played by various notable actresses including Elizabeth Bergner in a 1936 film opposite Laurence Olivier as Orlando,Vanessa Redgrave rose to fame playing the part in 1960 with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Helena Bonham Carter in the 2000 BBC Radio 4 version, Helen Mirren in the 1978 BBC version of the play directed by Basil Coleman, and Bryce Dallas Howard in the 2006 production directed by Kenneth Branagh.
American actress Patti LuPone played the role at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, after her award-winning portrayal of Eva Peron in the original Broadway run of Evita. This caused much speculation because LuPone was leaving the Broadway stage and moving to "regional" work.
Adrian Lester won a Time Out Award for his performance as Rosalind in Cheek by Jowl's 1991 production of As You Like It. A male actor in the role (as would have been the norm in Shakespeare's time) underlines the confusion of gender roles within the play: at one point, a male actor is playing a woman who is pretending to be a man acting the part of a woman.
Source of the Name
Rosalynde is the heroine of Lodge's Euphues' Golden Legacy. 'Faire Rosalind' had, however, at this time, acquired a fresh poetic fame as the object of Spenser's attachment, celebrated in his Shephearde's Calendar, 1579, and Colin Clouts Come Home Againe, 1595. 'Of all the sweet feminine names compounded from Rosa, that of Rosa-linda seems to be the most elegant, and therefore most befitting that particular character of ideal beauty which the dramatist here assigns to his imaginary princess.
Ganymede, the name she assumes in her disguise as a forest youth, is that of 'Jove's own page' (I, iii, 127), the most beautiful of all mortals, son of Tros and Callirrhoe, chosen by Jupiter to be his cup-bearer, and to dwell among the gods as his chosen servant.