ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

 

 

Q.1.   Write a note on Shakespeare’s accurate observation of life in “All the world is a stage.”

Or     Why does Shakespeare call the world a stage?

 

In this poem, the poet compares the entire world to a stage, where all the men and women play their particular part. During the course of the drama of life the character appears and disappears on the stage.

There are seven stages of this drama.  Birth is the entrance and death is the exit. The first period begins and the helpless infants in the nurse’s arms vomit feebly.

In the second stage, a complaining schoolboy appears on the stage. He goes to school unwillingly like a snail. Then a teenager enters the stage sighing like a furnace and singing songs for his beloved.

After this, man acts as a soldier ready to fight suddenly, seeking prompt fame even in the cannon’s mouth to make his mark in history.

In the fifth period a judge, with a formal beard, fairly round belly and severe eyes appear on the stage of the world. He knows many proverbs and can quote a lot of modern instances.

In the sixth stage he becomes an old man, lean and weak. There are whistles in his voice and he wears glasses on his nose. He keeps a small bag with him and the world is so vast for his weak body.

In the last, (seventh stage) he is on the verge of the end (death). He has lost every quality of his youth and has become a helpless child again thus ends this eventful history (life). These different stages hint at the fact that nothing is permanent in this life as life is transient. Interpretation of human life is understandable to some extent but is not agreeable fully.

 

 

Q.2.   Which stage has been best described by the poet?

Or     Describe the seventh stage of life in Shakespeare’s “All the entire world is a stage.”

 

In this poem, the poet compares the entire world to a stage, where all the men and women play their particular part. During the course of the drama of life the character appears and disappears on the stage. There are seven stages of this drama. All the stages have been best described by the poet best but the stage that fascinates me a lot is the last stage of man’s life in which he finishes his role in the drama.  In this stage, he changes from his old age to the oldest one. This is a strange stage of life. In this period all the life which has been previously full of strange events comes to an end. Man becomes a child once again. This is like his second childhood. In this stage, he is childish as well as childlike. At this stage, he forgets almost everything. His memory becomes very weak. He loses teeth, eye-sight, and taste.  He is without everything. This is the stage in which he completes the drama of his life and leaves the stage of this world for the next.

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