SEVEN STAGE IN ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

  • ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
  •         BY (WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE)
  • Q1:-What are the seven stages of man?

Ans:-William Shakespeare is the universal writer of English literature. He himself was an actor and took part in many of the stage dramas of his time. His approach and observations are very sharp and sound. In this poem “SEVEN STAGE IN ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE”, he has presented the seven ages of man’s life which are so real and believable that no one can refute them. According to him man has the following seven stages.

SEVEN STAGE IN ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE:-

First of all he says man’s first stage is the age of a milk sucking child. And this stage is very real and acceptable. See the lines of the first stage, which are so real and impressive;

                                              “At first the infant

                                 Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms”

The second stage is also very impressive and accurate. In the second stage the poet conveys the reluctance of a school going boy in a beautiful manner;

                   “And then the whining school boy, with his satchel,

                         And shining morning face creeping like snail

                                            Unwilling to school”

The third stage is the stage of the intensity of emotion in which the lover shows his emotion. The lover loves his beloved with great emotions.

See the third stage by Shakespeare in the following lines;

                                            “And then the lover,

                           Sighing like a furnace with a woeful ballad”

The fourth stage is the stage of maturity when man behaves like a soldier. He is ready to quarrel with all for nothing. He becomes the blind seeker of reputation and fame, which like a bubble of water. See the given lines in this respect.

                                                      “Then a soldier,

                             Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pared

                             Jealous in honor sudden and quick in quarrel

                                         Seeking the bubble reputation”

The fifth stage is the stage of emotional and mental maturity, when a person becomes very serious in all affairs like a justice. He uses worldly reference in his speech. He uses proverbs in his speech. He has a lot of experience of real life;

                                               “And then the justice,

                                               With good capon Lin’d

                             Full of wise saws and modern instances”

The second last i.e. the sixth stage is of an old man, when man becomes old and experienced. He wears pants and slippers. He has glasses on his nose; he uses a small bag all the time.

                                              “The sixth age shifts,

                             Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloons”

The seventh and last stage is the stage of very old age, when man loses teeth, eyesight, taste and everything. When man becomes second time a child. He is depended on others. And ultimately he dies. The poet has conveyed these ideas in the following lines.

                                 ‘Is second childishness and mere oblivion

                         Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste sans everything”

Above are the seven ages of the man according to Shakespeare.

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