Persuasion

Orlando – Plot Overview

The story of Orlando spans over 300 years (1588–1928). During this time, Orlando ages only thirty-six years, and changes gender from a man to a woman. This fantastic story opens with the protagonist, Orlando, a young noble boy, pretending to chop off the heads of Moors, just like his father and grandfather have done. He …

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Orlando – Chapter Two

Summary Chapter Two The narrator begins this chapter with an interlude on the difficulty of writing on what is “dark, mysterious, and undocumented,” but she reaffirms her duty to “state the facts” and let the reader think what he or she will. In the summer following the disastrous winter after the Great Frost, Orlando is …

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Orlando – Chapter Four

Summary Chapter Four Orlando buys herself English womens clothes and gets aboard the ship to take her home to England. She reflects upon her new gender and the penalties and privileges it holds for her. She thinks how she can no longer swim now that she wears so many petticoats and she questions whether she …

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Orlando – Chapter Five

Summary Chapter Five The nineteenth century begins with a cloud hanging over all of London. None of the colors are as bright and dampness seeps into every home. The dampness strikes within, as men feel a chill in their hearts, and love and warmth are “swaddled in fine phrases.” The sexes grow farther apart. Ivy …

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Orlando – Character List

id=”Orlando”> Orlando –  The protagonist of the novel, Orlando is a wealthy nobleman who is adventurous and artistic. Based on Woolfs real-life love interest Vita Sackville-West, Orlando (like West) has values deeply rooted in his home and in his long and noble ancestry. By changing genders halfway through the novel (from male to female) Orlando is …

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Orlando – Chapter Three

Summary Chapter Three The narrator comments on the misfortune that so many documents regarding this important part of Orlandos life are destroyed. Orlando plays an important role in the negotiations between King Charles II and the Turks. While he is out of the country during the Glorious revolution of 1688, many of the records are …

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Orlando – Orlando

As the protagonist and title-character of the novel, Orlando is the primary interest of the narrator. The narrator is a biographer whose duty it is to tell the facts of Orlandos life as clearly and truthfully as possible. Orlandos thoughts and revelations take up a good portion of the pseudo-biography. Orlandos internal life is to …

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