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Many characters undergo a change in William Shakespeares play As You Like It Duke Senior goes from being a member of a court to being a member of a forest Orlando changes from a bitter younger brother to a love-sick young man But the most obvious transformation undergone is done by Rosalind Her change from woman to man not only alters her mood candor and gender but allows her to be the Celia and Rosalind are fairly happy in the court of Celias father Duke Frederick However much to her surprise the Duke banishes Rosalind from his court Celia not allowing her beloved cousin to go it alone decides to accompany her to where ever she may roam They decide to search out Rosalinds father Duke Senior in the forest of Arden Before they depart Rosalind decides that for both her and Celias safety she will dress herself as a man saying Were it not better Because that I am more than common tall That I did suit me all points like a man A gallant curtal ax upon my thigh A boar spear in my hand and- in my hear Lie there what hidden womans fear there will- Well have a swashing and a martial outside As many other mannish cowards have That do outface it with their semblances At first glance this transformation is a mere change of clothes and the addition of weapons but it goes much deeper To Rosalind the taking on of a mans appearance requires certain things She
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