THE CHARACTERS OF AS YOU LIKE IT AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVE SYMBOLS:
Duke Frederick is the father of Celia, the uncle of Rosalind, and brother of Duke Senior, who he exiled and then took over the position of Duke. He is a bitter, mean old man who loves the power he has and uses it whenever he can to his advantage. He only allows Rosalind to stay with him after he banishes her father because his daughter, Celia, begs him to keep her cousin and best friend nearby. He has a wrestler that he is very proud of, Charles, who fights Orlando. Orlando wins, and the Duke banishes Rosalind after she falls in love with him, accusing her of plotting against him. Luckily, Rosalind and Celia are smart enough to run away. After about half his people flee to the forest, the Duke figures out that something's wrong and sets off to find everyone and bring them home. However, before he can do this, he meets a religious old man in the forest who converts him. He gives up his crown to its rightful owner, Duke Senior.
Touchstone is a typical Shakespearian clown, who has little more to offer than comic relief. He escorts Rosalind and Celia into the forest. He does fall in love with Audrey, a simple country goat herder. He doesn't know why he loves her, but he does, and so he woos her away from her previous suitor, William. Touchstone and Audrey marry at the end.
Sylvius is a shepherd, but a dumb one. He doesn't know the first thing about sheep. He can't stay focused on them for long, anyway, because he is madly in love with shepherdess Phebe. Unfortunately, she has falls for Ganymede, who is actually Rosalind dressed like a man. It all gets resolved in the end and Phebe and Silvius marry.
Rosalind is the strong-willed daughter of Duke Senior, banished by his younger brother. Rosalind's best friend is her cousin Celia, Duke Frederick's daughter. When Duke Frederick banishes her for falling in love with Orlando, Celia and Touchstone the clown accompany her on her journey (Rosalind and Celia disguise themselves as a man and a country girl). Rosalind finds out while in disguise that Orlando is in love with her, too, and eventually they wind up together.
In the end, when everyone gets married (of course!), this god of marriage is there to give his blessing.
Phebe is a shepherdess in the forest of Arden. Silvius is madly in love with her, but she rejects him in favor of Ganymede. Unfortunately, Ganymede turns out to be Rosalind in disguise, so she has to marry Silvius. Oh, well.
Celia is the daughter of Duke Frederick and the best friend/cousin of Rosalind. When Celia's father banishes Rosalind, she journeys with Rosalind into the forest of Arden, disguised as a country girl. They buy a cottage and some sheep and settle down in the forest. Celia is a good friend to Rosalind through her love for Orlando, her banishment from the palace, and until the end of the play, when Celia experiences love at first sight with Oliver, and they get married along with Rosalind and Orlando.
The wrestler who almost never loses a fight. He is a favorite of Duke Frederick. Oliver asks him to fight (and hopefully kill or at least wound) his brother Orlando, because Orlando is getting angry that he hasn't been given his inheritance by his big brother and Oliver feels threatened. Charles does try to hurt Orlando, but fails miserably and has to be carried off the lawn.
Orlando is a kind, fair man who is well-liked by most people. Duke Frederick doesn't like him only because of who his father was, and his brother is threatened by him, because he is power- and money-hungry. Rosalind, however, falls in love with him at first sight. He falls in love with her, too, and travels on a long, winding journey in pursuit of her. Orlando loves his long-time servant Adam, and when he finds out that Oliver is trying to kill him, he takes Adam with him into the forest of Arden. In the end, Rosalind reveals that Ganymede is really her and that she loves Orlando, and they wed.
Oliver de Boys is Orlando's older, meaner brother. He's the one who's supposed to teach his brother how to be a man; how to live and work in society. But he's too busy being power-hungry to bother with that, so he tries to have Orlando killed. He does turn around in the end, but only after Orlando saves him from being eaten by giant beasts...and he marries Celia. Why, I don't know. Love at first sight. Hey, it's Shakespeare. Whatever.
Jaques is the brother that Oliver likes and actually takes the time to help. Jaques gets to go to a fancy school and learn, while Orlando stays around the palace to be Oliver's slave, basically. Jaques delivers the famous "All the world's a stage" speech in Act Two, Scene Seven.
Duke Senior was banished to the Forest of Arden by another power-hungry lad, his brother Frederick. Actually, Senior (hence the name) is the older brother. He's been in the forest for awhile, but in the end his brother becomes a religious hermit and he gets his palace back. Hooray!
Adam is Orlando's faithful, older servant. He'd starve to death for Orlando, and he almost does. He knows that Oliver is plotting to kill his brother in the beginning of the play, and he saves Orlando from that by telling him to run away. Orlando invites him along, feeling forever in his debt.
Corin is a shepherd who actually knows something about sheep. Imagine that! Instead of pining away for some woman, like Silvius, Corin spends his time working in the pasture with his little friends. He seems a little boring...but a nice guy.
Audrey is always described as a "simple country girl" which, translated, means she's dumb. She is. She marries Touchstone in the end, despite the fact that she's been together with William forever. Even Touchstone sometimes wonders why he loves her, but he does.
Again, dumb. He and Audrey are a match made in Heaven, but he's too dumb to outwit Touchstone, so he doesn't get Audrey. Oh, well.
He's one of Duke Senior's Lords and...well... he sings some really pretty music....
He's pretty much someone who brings news; for example, in Act One, Scene Two, he tells Orlando to leave the area because the Duke "Misconsters all that you have done."
Sir Oliver Martext:
He's a pretty unaccomplished vicar who almost marries Touchstone and Audrey, but Jaques talks them out of it.
There are also various servants, lords, etc. throughout. They are not each worthy of their own little picture, so they just get these: