A faithful lord to Duke Senior, Jaques has an exaggeratedly melancholy disposition and is a devoted though cynical observer of the world that surrounds him. His meeting with Touchstone inspires him to become a fool, so that he may make use of his critical eye. However, Jaques's extreme melancholy often seems to indicate a degree of foolishness rather than the counterintuitive wisdom of the true fool. In the end of the play, his consistently external, observing position is further confirmed by his decision to join Duke Frederick in a monastery.
Jaques Quotes in As You Like It
The As You Like It quotes below are all either spoken by Jaques or refer to Jaques. 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 5 Quotes
I can suck melancholy out of a song as a weasel sucks eggs.
Act 2, Scene 7 Quotes
When I did hear the motley fool thus moral on the time, my lungs began to crow like chanticleer that fools should be so deep contemplative.
Jaques Character Timeline in As You Like It
The timeline below shows where the character Jaques appears in As You Like It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 1
...estate to his other son, Oliver, and instructed him to raise his brothers, Orlando and Jaques, well. While treating Jaques fairly, however, Oliver has routinely denied Orlando all of the money,... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 1
Act 2, Scene 5
...an ode to nature, which invites its listener to “come hither” to the greenwood tree. Jaques persistently begs Amiens to keep singing, despite Amien's warning that it will make him melancholy... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 7
Act 3, Scene 2
Act 3, Scene 3
Act 4, Scene 1
Act 4, Scene 2
Act 5, Scene 4