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All The World's A Stage - Analysis. All the worlds a stage by William Shakespeare infers that life is predestined. This metaphor suggests that as humans, we go through the several stages of life as actors

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Morgan Caruso Grade 11 IB English Thursday November 3rd 2011 All the World's a Stage - Poetic Analysis All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts; His acts being seven stages. At first the infants, Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms. And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like a snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like a furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth stage shifts Into lean and slipper'd pantaloon, With his spectacles on nose and pouch on side, His youthful hose, well saved, a ...read more.


Viewing life as something that is predestined or boundaried excludes individuality or unique existence; this proposes that humans think in terms of a prototype. The entire soliloquy covers man's life on earth. The world is where we live our lives as if we were on stage. We play out our parts from birth until we exit in the end, but this has become a routine over generations and nothing more is achieved. The ever-growing human being goes through constant development and experience by interacting with others, education, and life experience. Life takes you through a journey, a rollercoaster of emotions, relationships, bodily changes etc. However, every single person goes through these changes and evidently the result of each stage is predictable. "And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel, And shining morning face, creeping like a snail, Unwillingly to school." One stage of life which Shakespeare addresses is childhood. Which I have derived from this extract is that children are reluctant to leave the protected environment of their home; at such a young age one cannot be confident enough to exercise their own prudence and judgment. ...read more.


At this stage one begins to become brunt of others' humor, assertiveness and firmness shrinks, as well as physical stature and personality, all of which are common traits gained by the elderly. As dementia and death approaches, one's status is loss and he becomes a non-entity. He becomes dependant on others like a child and is in need of constant support before finally, dying. A wheel moves you forward but always brings you back to where you started, and all that goes on in the middle is predictable. On the deeper level Shakespeare is looking at the fact that our lives although the main focus to us are only fleeting parts of the larger world, we all make entrances and exits, as do the people in our life. When freedom and independence is controlled by the norms in a society, life is no longer uncertain, and results in a set of prearranged actions where one is acting out like a preprogrammed robot, lacking individuality. Shakespeare explains that the world is like a stage where the actors of a play give their performances, the actors being the men and women of the world each of whom are protagonists of their own play. Word count: 872 ...read more.

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