ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: Notes, Explanation

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE:

                   William Shakespeare

Explanation lines (1-9):

Reference: These lines have been taken from  All the World’s a Stage written by William Shakespeare.

Context: The poet discusses the seven stages of a man’s life in this world from babyhood to extreme old age.

Explanation:

In the great Shakespeare declares this world a stage. He is of the view that this world is a stage and all men and women are only players. Every man or woman comes on this stage and often performs his/her role and leaves the stage for others. Every person performs almost seven roles on this stage.

Shakespeare is great dramatist and poet of the world. He is a universal dramatist and poet, because he observes life very closely. He declares this world a stage and, sketches a real picture.

The first role or age of every man or woman is of infant. He weeps and vomits in his nurse’s arm. He is very feeble and weak. The second role or age of every man or woman is of complaining school boy. He does not like to attend his school. He has a bright face. He keeps a big school bag and prefers to stay at home. He makes lame excuses of headache or other physical problems.

Shakespeare sketches the first stage quite beautifully, successfully and with full reality. He paints whatever he observes in the humanity.  

Explanation 9-15:

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The third role or age is very important. He becomes a lover and sighs like a furnace. He writes and reads sad poems for his mistress eyebrows. This age, this is role or age is for a soldier. He has strange oaths about his life and others. Man searches for respect and dignity. He is ready to take any risk for the sake of respect.

The great Shakespeare has universally mentioned the third stage. This stage performs a vital role in every one’s life. Passions and feelings are at the open in this stage. The fourth role is also very important. He is always ready to show himself even at the cost of his life.

Shakespeare is no doubt, the greatest dramatist and the poet of the world. He is not a poet of renaissance (rebirth) but of all ages. He observes man and life very closely.

Explanation 15-19:

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The fifth role or part is also very important. He changes his attitude. Physically, he grows and looses the wait. His belly increases. He now has a formal cut beard instead of French cut. He shows his honesty and good character and tries to impress others by narrating the proverb and modern examples. He tries to show himself a very wise and sacred man.

Explanation 19-25:

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The sixth role or part brings him in the old character; he has now very weak physical condition. His pants are now very loose to him. There is always has a pouch on his side. His under clothes now are very loose to him. There was a time when he had an impressive voice. Every thing is changed now and his big namely voice. There is whistling in his sound.

Explanation 25-28:

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 The seventh stage is the last part of his life. His eventful life history is going to be closed very soon. He again becomes a child. He forgets everything and has a very loose memory. He has no teeth, eyes etc. In fact, the fifth and sixth parts of life are very crucial, his personality changes and he becomes a weight on his family.

            Shakespeare sketches well the last two parts and they are very close to the reality.

                       

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