And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts . . .
(Act II, Scene 7)
Love is the governing force in the play. It organises the happy ending. There are a few pairs of lovers in the comedy. I decided to concentrate on one which represents the courtly romance type of love, i.e. Rosalind and Orlando.
First we see Rosalind and Celia at the court. Banished by her cruel uncle, Rosalind leaves the court and Celia faithfully follows her. Then we see both girls in the forest, disguised as shepherds. What makes the play amusing, is that Orlando does not recognise Rosalind in man’s clothes. Particularly funny are the scenes where Orlando has to woo and kiss Ganymede.
In the Forest of Arden Rosalind becomes Orlando’s guide and teaches him true love. When he has learnt the lesson she finally decides to marry him.