As You Like It
As You Like It
by William Shakespeare
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Character Analysis

If you thought Hulk Hogan or even Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson were the ultimate meat-head wrestlers, you haven't met Charles. He's the neck snapping, rib-cracking, limb-shattering, court wrestler who's ordered to kill Orlando during an upcoming match in Act 1, Scene 1. Even though Charles is bigger, stronger, and more experienced than all of his opponents, he gets served up by young Orlando when the two guys rumble on the grounds of Duke Frederick's court (1.2). The surprising outcome of the wrestling match says more about the underdog Orlando than it does Charles, who basically plays the Goliath to underdog Orlando's David.

Psst. Check out "Symbolism" for more about wrestling in the play.

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