Study Guide

Charles in As You Like It

By William Shakespeare


If you think Hulk Hogan or even Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson are the ultimate meathead 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 Orlando's David.

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

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