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. Rosalind (ganymede) back next character analysis literary critic anne barton says that rosalind is extraordinarily important in as you like it, as central and dominating a figure in her fashion as hamlet in his own, very different play that's quite a compliment.
In as you like it, characters lament the suffering caused by their love, but these laments are all unconvincing and ridiculous while orlando’s metrically incompetent poems conform to the notion that he should “live and die [rosalind’s] slave,” these sentiments are roundly ridiculed (iiiii 142 .
Ganymede teases orlando about this woman he is in love with and promises to cure orlando of his love, provided that orlando courts ganymede as if he were rosalind orlando agrees to play this game.
Summary while celia listens to their arguing, rosalind (still disguised as ganymede) and jaques banter about his melancholy jaques maintains that it is good to be sad and say nothing, while rosalind maintains that if one is sad and silent, one might as well be a postwhen orlando finally arrives (late for his appointment), jaques bids ganymede goodbye. For rosalind's assumed name, ganymede, is a very deliberate reference to the young male lover zeus carried up to olympus, and it points us to what might be a very strong element in the courtship game between orlando and rosalind and in the feelings phoebe has for rosalind, namely homoerotic desire.
For safety they disguise themselves - rosalind as the boy ganymede and celia as his sister aliena - and persuade the fool touchstone to accompany them on hearing of a plot by his brother to kill him, orlando also flees to the forest and takes refuge with the exiled duke. As ganymede, rosalind vows to make the very idea of love unappealing to orlando by acting the part of a fickle lover orlando is quite sure he is beyond cure, but rosalind says, “i would cure you if you would but call me rosalind and come every day to my cot, and woo me” (iiiii 381 – 382 . 41: rosalind/ganymede has an encounter with jaques, who thinks rosalind/ganymede is pretty and would like to get to know him better rosalind/ganymede, sharp-tongued as ever, accuses jaques of being abominably melancholy—one so extreme of temperament is horrible.
By the end of act i, we see that rosalind has a male alter ego, ganymede, which she uses to accompany celia into the forest after being exiled and further pursue her own love interest, orlando.
As you like it is a pastoral comedy by william shakespeare believed to have been written in 1599 and first published in the first folio in 1623 the play's first performance is uncertain, though a performance at wilton house in 1603 has been suggested as a possibility.