As You Like It
As You Like It Gender Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Act.Scene.Line). Line numbers correspond to The Norton Shakespeare, second edition, published in 2008.
Do you not know I am a woman? When I think, I must speak. (3.2.25)
Ugh. Do things ever change? More fairly, is this statement a reasonable characterization of women?
You have simply misus'd our sex in your love-prate. We must
have your doublet and hose pluck'd over your head, and show the
world what the bird hath done to her own nest. (4.1.3)
Celia calls Rosalind out on how abusive she has been towards her own gender. Rosalind (as Ganymede) seems comfortable making these statements that play up stereotypes of women. Is this because she knows all these stereotypes are untrue, or because she really believes that women are as silly as Ganymede has made them out to be? You decide.
Be of good cheer, youth. You a man!
You lack a man's heart.
I do so, I confess it. Ah, sirrah, a body would think
this was well counterfeited. I pray you tell your brother how
well I counterfeited. Heigh-ho!
This was not counterfeit; there is too great testimony in
your complexion that it was a passion of earnest.
Counterfeit, I assure you.
Well then, take a good heart and counterfeit to be a man.
So I do; but, i' faith, I should have been a woman by
When Rosalind faints at the sight of Orlando's blood on a handkerchief, she seems to fit the role of the stereotypical woman. This prompts Oliver to order "Ganymede" to buck up and act like a man.