As You Like It

Celia Character Analysis

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The daughter of Duke Frederick, Celia cares inordinately for her cousin, Rosalind, and consistently proves her selfless generosity. After insisting that her father allow Rosalind to stay in court with her, she promises that Rosalind can inherit her father’s throne when Duke Frederick dies. Celia then risks her own safety and family loyalty by accompanying Rosalind into the Forest of Arden after Rosalind is banished. Her capacity for romantic love, too, is proven at the end, by her engagement with Oliver.

Celia Quotes in As You Like It

The As You Like It quotes below are all either spoken by Celia or refer to Celia. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of As You Like It published in 2009.
Act 1, Scene 3 Quotes

Come, come, wrestle with thy affections.

Related Characters: Celia (speaker), Rosalind
Page Number: 1.3.21
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Let’s away and get our jewels and our wealth together, devise the fittest time and safest way to hide us from pursuit that will be made after my flight. Now we go in content to liberty, and not to banishment.

Related Characters: Celia (speaker), Rosalind
Page Number: 1.3.140-145
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Act 3, Scene 2 Quotes

O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping!

Related Characters: Celia (speaker)
Related Symbols: Orlando’s Poems
Page Number: 3.2.195-197
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Act 5, Scene 2 Quotes

Your brother and my sister no sooner met but they looked; no sooner looked but they loved; no sooner loved but they sighed; no sooner sighed but they asked one another the reason; no sooner knew the reason but they sought the remedy; and in these degrees have they made a pair of stairs to marriage.

Related Characters: Rosalind (speaker), Orlando, Oliver, Celia
Page Number: 5.2.33-39
Explanation and Analysis:

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Celia Character Timeline in As You Like It

The timeline below shows where the character Celia appears in As You Like It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
Love and Rivalry Between Relatives Theme Icon
...adds that Rosalind, the banished duke’s daughter, has remained in court with her beloved cousin Celia (Duke Frederick's daughter), and that the old duke has retreated to the Forest of Arden,... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 2
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Celia coaxes Rosalind to be “merry.” Rosalind asks how she is supposed to feel merry given... (full context)
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Rosalind, with renewed gratitude and merriment, goes on to ask Celia what she thinks of falling in love. Celia answers that she thinks of it as... (full context)
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Touchstone reports to Celia that her father desires to see her and makes various jesting side-comments. He remarks, for... (full context)
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Monsieur Le Beau, who is one of Duke Frederick's courtiers, enters, and Celia, Rosalind, and Touchstone continue jesting with him in the same vein. Le Beau tells of... (full context)
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The upcoming opponent, Orlando, enters with Duke Frederick, Charles, and various attendants, and Celia remarks on how young Orlando looks. Duke Frederick confirms that he should not fight on... (full context)
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...more insistent that he not fight: her own father dearly loved Sir Rowland de Boys. Celia and Rosalind congratulate and thank Orlando, and Rosalind gives him a chain as a token... (full context)
Act 1, Scene 3
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Celia begs Rosalind to break her silence. She jests, “Cupid have mercy, not a word?” Rosalind... (full context)
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Celia declares that if Rosalind is banished, she will go with her, maintaining her refusal to... (full context)
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...that she’ll disguise herself instead like a man, given her height, and call herself Ganymede. Celia will call herself Aliena. They decide to bring along Touchstone, and Celia concludes their scheming... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 2
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...Frederick asking if anyone has seen his daughter and niece. The First Lord reports that Celia’s chambermaids put Celia to bed the night before but that her bed was found empty... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
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On Celia’s request, Rosalind approaches Corin and asks if he has any food for Celia, who’s become... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
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Celia enters, reading another of Orlando’s tree poems, which describes Rosalind as the synthesis of all... (full context)
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Celia recounts having found Orlando under a tree, dressed like a hunter. Rosalind comments that Orlando... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
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Rosalind confides to Celia that she feels like weeping. She is upset that Orlando did not come to meet... (full context)
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Rosalind then tells Celia of having met with Duke Senior the day before and of him laughing at her... (full context)
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Corin then enters and invites Celia and Rosalind to come witness the "pageant" of Silvius, whose helpless love Rosalind had been... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
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...mistress, Phebe, not to scorn him and compares her to a hardhearted executioner. Rosalind and Celia enter, in their disguises as Ganymede and Aliena, along with Corin, just as Phebe cruelly... (full context)
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After Rosalind and Celia leave, Phebe decides to keep Silvius around so she can talk to him about love.... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
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...died from love, and then she finally announces that she will love Orlando. She gets Celia to play the role of a priest in a play-acted marriage between the two of... (full context)
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Celia criticizes Rosalind for portraying women so badly. Rosalind responds by gushing to Celia how much... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
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Rosalind (still disguised as Ganymede) is impatiently awaiting Orlando, who is now late. Celia suggests that he has gone to sleep. (full context)
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...the napkin to Ganymede so that he would excuse Orlando’s “broken promise.” Rosalind faints, and Celia tries to excuse it as an effect of the sight of blood. When Rosalind comes... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
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...fallen so instantly in love with her (we later learn “her” to be Aliena aka Celia). Oliver assures him that it is, and, in light of his engagement with Aliena (who... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
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Duke Senior, Amiens, Jaques, Orlando, Oliver, and Celia (as Aliena) enter. In response to Duke Senior’s questions about Ganymede’s promise, Orlando says that... (full context)
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Hymen, the god of marriage, enters, with Celia and Rosalind at his side, dressed now as themselves. Rosalind presents herself to Duke Senior... (full context)