As You Like It

Ganymede Symbol Analysis

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Ganymede, whose name Rosalind takes on as part of her disguise, was a divine Trojan hero, described in The Iliad by Homer as the most beautiful mortal in history. In one myth, Zeus abducts Ganymede in an act that has since been recognized as an act of sodomy. The name’s mythical association with homosexuality further complicates Rosalind’s gender identity.

Ganymede Quotes in As You Like It

The As You Like It quotes below all refer to the symbol of Ganymede. 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:
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of As You Like It published in 2009.
Act 3, Scene 2 Quotes

Then there is no true lover in the forest, else sighing every minute and groaning every hour would detect the lazy foot of Time as well as a clock.

Related Characters: Rosalind (speaker)
Related Symbols: Ganymede
Page Number: 3.2.307-310
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Love is merely a madness, and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punished and cured is that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too. Yet I profess curing it by counsel.

Related Characters: Rosalind (speaker), Orlando
Related Symbols: Ganymede
Page Number: 3.2.407-412
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Act 3, Scene 5 Quotes

Dead shepherd, now I find thy saw of might, “Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?”

Related Characters: Phebe (speaker), Rosalind, Silvius
Related Symbols: Ganymede
Page Number: 3.5.86-87
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Act 4, Scene 1 Quotes

Nay, you were better speak first, and when you were graveled for lack of matter, you might take occasion to kiss. Very good orators, when they are out, they will spit; and for lovers, lacking – God warn us! – matter, the cleanliest shift is to kiss.

Related Characters: Rosalind (speaker), Orlando
Related Symbols: Ganymede
Page Number: 4.1.77-82
Explanation and Analysis:

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Act 5, Scene 2 Quotes

[To Orlando] As you love Rosalind, meet. [To Silvius] As you love Phebe, meet. And as I love no woman, I’ll meet. So fare you well.

Related Characters: Rosalind (speaker), Orlando, Silvius, Phebe
Related Symbols: Ganymede
Page Number: 5.3.124-126
Explanation and Analysis:

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Ganymede Symbol Timeline in As You Like It

The timeline below shows where the symbol Ganymede appears in As You Like It. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 3
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Love and Rivalry Between Relatives Theme Icon
...says 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... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 4
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Country vs. City Theme Icon
Fools and Foolishness Theme Icon
The scene opens with Rosalind (disguised as Ganymede) rejoicing in her merry spirits and Touchstone complaining of tired legs. Rosalind admits that she,... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 2
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Rosalind, dressed as Ganymede, enters, reading one of Orlando’s poems that she has pulled from a tree and is... (full context)
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Rosalind (still disguised as Ganymede) approaches Orlando and asks what time it is. When he answers that he doesn’t know... (full context)
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
...love-swept poet who’s posted them. Orlando admits to being the very poet. Though Rosalind (as Ganymede) at first pretends to express doubts that Orlando is truly in love (just to hear... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 4
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Fools and Foolishness Theme Icon
...she feels like weeping. She is upset that Orlando did not come to meet with Ganymede (i.e. Rosalind in disguise) that morning as he had promised to. She alternates between speaking... (full context)
Act 3, Scene 5
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Fools and Foolishness Theme Icon
...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 mocks Silvius’s "poetic" language of love,... (full context)
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Fools and Foolishness Theme Icon
Rosalind (as Ganymede) steps forward and interjects with an extended insult directed at Phebe: she accuses Phebe of... (full context)
Romantic Love Theme Icon
...around so she can talk to him about love. She gives a lengthy description of Ganymede’s attributes, equivocates on whether she loves or hates him, and then orders Silvius to deliver... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 1
Fools and Foolishness Theme Icon
Jaques approaches "Ganymede," wanting to get better acquainted. Rosalind calls Jaques a “melancholy fellow,” and Jaques accepts the... (full context)
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Orlando enters and Rosalind (dressed as Ganymede) scolds him for missing their meeting that morning, claiming that she’d rather have a snail... (full context)
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Next, Rosalind (as Ganymede) tries to make herself (Rosalind) seem unappealing by promising Orlando that she will be jealous... (full context)
Act 4, Scene 3
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Rosalind (still disguised as Ganymede) is impatiently awaiting Orlando, who is now late. Celia suggests that he has gone to... (full context)
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
...prayers move!” Celia says that she is sorry for Silvius, since his love now loves Ganymede. But Rosalind says that she has no pity for him since he loves someone like... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 2
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
...happiness, but admits that he does not feel happy himself, because his mental imagination of Ganymede as Rosalind can no longer satisfy his longing for the real thing. (full context)
Romantic Love Theme Icon
Silvius and Phebe enter, and Phebe says that she's upset that "Ganymede" shared her letter. Rosalind again tries to persuade Phebe to love her faithful shepherd, Silvius.... (full context)
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
...scene by telling everyone what will happen the next day: Orlando, Silvius, and she (i.e. Ganymede) will all be married; and she (i.e Ganymede) will satisfy Orlando, content Silvius, and marry... (full context)
Act 5, Scene 4
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Romantic Love Theme Icon
...Jaques, Orlando, Oliver, and Celia (as Aliena) enter. In response to Duke Senior’s questions about Ganymede’s promise, Orlando says that he sometimes believes and sometimes doubts that it will come true.... (full context)
Deception, Disguise, and Gender Theme Icon
Country vs. City Theme Icon
When Rosalind (as Ganymede) and Celia leave, the Duke remarks that Ganymede reminded him of his daughter, and Orlando... (full context)
Romantic Love Theme Icon
...Rosalind.” At the sight of Rosalind, Phebe bids adieu to her chance at love with Ganymede. Hymen sings a marriage hymn, in which he says he will remove all confusion and... (full context)