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As You Like It

As You Like It

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As You Like It Gender Quotes

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Quote #1

ROSALINDDo 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?

Quote #2

CELIAYou have simply misus'd our sex in your love-prate. We musthave your doublet and hose pluck'd over your head, and show theworld 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.

Quote #3

OLIVERBe of good cheer, youth. You a man!You lack a man's heart.ROSALINDI do so, I confess it. Ah, sirrah, a body would thinkthis was well counterfeited. I pray you tell your brother howwell I counterfeited. Heigh-ho!OLIVERThis was not counterfeit; there is too great testimony inyour complexion that it was a passion of earnest.ROSALINDCounterfeit, I assure you.OLIVERWell then, take a good heart and counterfeit to be a man.ROSALINDSo I do; but, i' faith, I should have been a woman byright. (4.3.12)


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. 

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