Duke Senior is Rosalind’s father and the rightful duke of the land. Before the action of the play, his brother, Duke Frederick, banished him from the land, forcing him to seek exile in the Forest of Arden. He lives there with faithful lords and attendants and generally keeps a positive outlook, embracing his circumstances, however unfortunate. His kindness toward Orlando and Adam demonstrates his generosity. The goodness of his character is rewarded in the end of the play by his daughter’s return and Duke Frederick’s renewal of his rule.
Duke Senior Quotes in As You Like It
The As You Like It quotes below are all either spoken by Duke Senior or refer to Duke Senior. 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: 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 2, Scene 1 Quotes
Are not these woods more free from peril than the envious court? Here feel we not the penalty of Adam.
Related Characters: Duke Senior (speaker)
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Duke Senior Character Timeline in As You Like It
The timeline below shows where the character Duke Senior appears in As You Like It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
...see him. Charles informs Oliver that Duke Frederick has usurped and banished his older brother, Duke Senior , whom several lords have since willingly joined in exile. He adds that Rosalind, the... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 5
...he could “suck melancholy” out of any song.) Before finishing the song, Amiens mentions that Duke Senior has been looking for Jaques all day, and Jaques admits that he’s been avoiding him. (full context)
Act 2, Scene 7
Act 3, Scene 4
Act 5, Scene 3
Act 5, Scene 4
...with Celia and Rosalind at his side, dressed now as themselves. Rosalind presents herself to Duke Senior and to Orlando, both of whom express some disbelief at her appearance; the former remarks... (full context)
...himself to be suited “for other than for dancing measures,” and says his goodbyes to Duke Senior , Orlando, Oliver, Silvius, and Touchstone. Jaques exits and all the other characters, except for... (full context)