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As you like it All the world’s a stage

Life is like a play, we merely go through the stages of our life acting it out.

This famous monologue is spoken by Jaques. It contains arresting imagery and figures of speech to develop the central metaphor: a person’s lifespan being a play in seven acts. These acts, “seven ages,” begin with “the infant Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms” and work through six further vivid verbal sketches, culminating in “second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.”

1st stage “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.

Infant A formative time for the male race. While Shakespeare’s brat is nurtured by a nurse, who probably had several other brats to look after too, modern-day man is breast-fed, adored and spoilt by his mother, leading to a life-long dependence on the woman and/or fascination with large breasts, rather than some scrotty offerings that have fed half the village. In this stage he is dependent on others and needs to be constantly attended to.

2st stage Early childhood follows the infancy stage, and begins with toddlerhood when the child begins speaking or taking steps independently. While toddlerhood ends around age three when the child becomes less dependent on parental assistance for basic needs, early childhood continues approximately through years seven or

And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. eight. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, early childhood spans the human life from birth to age eight. Middle childhood begins at around age seven or eight, approximating primary school age and ends around puberty, the beginning of adolescence.

3rd stage

And then the Lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. ♥ In this stage he is always remorseful due to some reason or other, especially the loss of love. He tries to express feelings through song or some other cultural activity. ♥

4th stage

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.

The Soldier

Leaving aside the few thousand men that actually do join the army aged 18, the majority of men have to direct their aggressive, man-killing urges elsewhere. Apart from that, Shakespeare’s description is pretty accurate. Full of strange oaths? Just your average football fan. Bearded like the pard? Student. Jealous in honour and quick in quarrel? Punch-up over mate’s girlfriend. Seeking the bubble reputation, Even in the cannon’s mouth? Okay, it’s a while since I did English A Level, but I’d say this pretty much equates to that strange habit small blokes have of picking on the tallest guy in the pub.

It is in this age that he thinks less of himself and begins to think more of others. He is very easily aroused and is hot headed. He is always working towards making a reputation for himself and gaining recognition, however short-lived it may be, even at the cost of his own life.

The Justice

6th stage The sixth age shifts into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon, with spectacles on nose and pouch on side; his youthful hose, well sav’d, a world too wide for his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, turning again toward childish treble, pipes and whistles in his sound.

He begins to lose his charm, both physical and mental. He begins to become the brunt of others’ jokes. He loses his firmness and shrinks in stature and personality.


Looks a bit odd at first sight, but then we find that a Pantaloon, instead of being a type of trouser, is actually an “old wealthy suitor”. Rich, retired and mean and miserly, the pantaloon had a penchant for younger women, despite the fact, as we can see from Shakespeare’s original, he had specs, love-handles, and was a bit spindly. Any of your dad’s lecherous mates, then.

Is a serious loss of cognitive ability in a previously-unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Although dementia is far more common in the geriatric population, it may occur in any stage of adulthood.

Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion; sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

7th stage

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