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Character Role Analysis


Rosalind is the central point around which the play pivots. Early on in the story, it's her plight that connects all the main characters (her father, her cousin, the boy who loves her). As she begins to realize this power, she acts more and more deliberately to get the outcomes she wants. Rosalind is definitely one of Shakespeare's most fully realized female characters, as well as the one with the greatest number of lines. Further, Rosalind has no limitations on her interaction with anyone—she is both a boy and a girl, a country youth and a court noble, a cynical wit and a starry-eyed lover. The flexibility of her character allows us to see more facets of her surrounding cast and to see deeper into her own character at the same time.