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All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players
Rasel Ahmed
North south university


“All the world’s a stage” William Shakespeare’s one of the famous poem (dialog from the play “as I like it”). In this poem he shown that our worlds like a drama stage and we all are just like an artiste’s here. According to him we all have entrance (birth) and existence (death). Everybody here as a versatile actor. Human Being have been doing a various sorts’ action according to their age position. In my research I will find out that person’s acting depend on their seven different age according to William Shakespeare but the same age categories’ person do different action based on their outside atmosphere. Person has a different age category but there action totally varied by their outside environment. Beside this also I will analysis couple of question like, why William Shakespeare compare this world’s a stage? And life a play? Actually behind all greatness, there is a small thought. Maybe Shakespeare was desperately related with drama, play and everything related in it and based on his life experience, Shakespeare compare the whole world as a big stage and also based on his life experience, compare our life a play.

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women are merely players “Man is mortal.” Everybody will must breathe his last breath (Quran. Sura ankabut, 2nd para). Each & Every natures born and one day they will die but within born and death there is a time where we live. This time is very much significant for everybody because it’s our lifespan. Many legend said lots of important word about our life. Luther, M. (1968). “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. According to William Shakespeare, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players. This was written as part of the play ‘’As You like It’’ by William Shakespeare. And this line is said by the character Jaques. It also consider as an incredible poem of William Shakespeare. This poem is a master piece of Shakespeare's keen observation and fine poetry. In this poem Shakespeare has masterfully described various stages of human life. Through Jaques, William Shakespeare gave us a very important message about our life and world.

“As you like it” is a rural comedy by William Shakespeare which was approximately written in 1599 or early 1600 and first published in the First Folio, 1623. (Wikipedia). William Shakespeare is a poet who’s each and every writing pitch have been caring tones of different meaning where some are related or some are not related to his write. “All the world’s a stage” one of the famous quote where Shakespeare wrote his traditional writing but try to show something else. During that time, he was an artist but his thinking was unique. Shakespeare did a great survey on people of the whole world and corresponded it to the drama stage which was great invention for us. Through this poem Shakespeare try to show us that we do act according to our age step. Everything we have been doing here in the world like an artiste do. Before talked about our act, Shakespeare compere our life to the play and he added that, our world’s a drama stage. Because of this famous theory, a major question has been raising everywhere that, why Shakespeare compare the worlds as a stage?

World is not our everlasting place. Religious holy book namely Quran, Bible also says so. “As you like it” is one of the comedy drama where William Shakespeare mentioned that, worlds as a stage. But the point is why he said so? According to his biography, from childhood, he was related with drama (Hadges, 2003). Shakespeare was a great dramatist as we know but beside that sometime he was an actor as well. So, from childhood to at the end of his life Shakespeare was related with drama stage and performance and that’s why he compare the worlds as a stage. Shakespeare figured it out that, “our worlds is quite as same as drama stage and here each one of them has their own exits (deaths) and entrances (births) like the drama stage” (As I like it, 1623). Nothing is permanent in this world and also in a drama stage as well. If I agreed that, World's a stage then who is pulling on and off the curtain? Rather are we just puppet? Or a silence audience? Though this is tough to know but according to our religious holly books, some supper power who control us or we control our self automatically. If anyone try to looking around his/her outside world they will quite realize that everything is set up by someone which is likely same as a drama stage. People have no control over their lives or have any choice in what they will be like, they are just following an order or it is happening automatically. Through this quote, Shakespeare made a format of human behaviour. We follow an age order to do our versatile act on this earth.

By his most famous poem “All the world’s a stage”, Shakespeare compare our life with play. He said all the men and women are merely players. According to him, we all are playing a versatile role here on the earth. Human life actually too short. The average number of years to be lived in earth for human being is (67.88). Within this short period, people do everything for his life. But here the major question is why William Shakespeare compare life as a play? And actually are we performer? He could be compare our life with anything but why play. As I said before, Shakespeare was associated with drama, maybe that’s why he compare our life with play. He compere our life with play because he find out particular relation between life and play/ drama. As an audience, I can also compere my life with play because I observed many play for my research and I am also conducting my own life, so I know the relation. Function of play and human life is quite same. It’s true! This everlasting story of life is playing out right now on this world and yet we don’t know that we are actor. We also doesn’t know that we are a character and there is a particular order or method which we have been working to maintain human behaviour. All our behaviour which we have been doing in every stage of our life, was a static order like an artist do, to follow his director.

In this poem Shakespeare has masterfully described various stages of human life. “Man first appears on this stage as an infant crying and vomiting in the nurse's arms. Then he is seen as a school boy with a shining morning face walking slowly and unwillingly to school. Soon he grows into a young man burning with the passion of love and singing in praise of his beloved. Fourth stage is that of an ambitious soldier who is ready to undertake any adventure in order to gain honour and fame. In the next stage he plays his part as a wise and serene justice. Sixth stage finds him as an old man. His last stage is very miserable as he loses almost all his scenes and joys of life” (Olatunbosun, 2013). Shakespeare told all our activity based on age but every time we are not perform according to our age. We all do here in the earth which totally same like a drama artist do. William Shakespeare told this by his character Jaques from “As I like it”. The great critic Samuel Johnson used the word ‘natural’ to describe Shakespeare’s character Jaques. When he (Jaques) said this dialog, he was totally in a tragic mood. Though ‘as I like it’ was a comedy drama, what Jaques said was so valuable. Johnson believed that, people of Shakespeare’s time preferred comedy over tragedy. And that’s the point we can think that for create a serious comedy, Shakespeare wrote this serious philosophical imagination. By dent of his life familiarity, Shakespeare explain human behaviour according to age and related it to drama and also correlated this world to drama stage. “It will be a hard task for anyone to go beyond him in the description of several degrees and ages of man’s life, Tho’ the thought be old and common enough but as a strong enough and as uncommon as anything an ever saw, this and image of patience” (Nicholas Rowe, 1709). Actually by the character Jaques, William Shakespeare did a great survey of the life of man is admirable concise and impressive. Long time ago, Since Shakespeare made use of the metaphor 'All the World`s a Stage and all the men and women are merely players’, it is relevant even today and will be so in the years to come also. It is never sans freshness, sans appeal and sans lustre. Shakespeare was a great dramatist but here he made a great philosophy. He made a theory which will never change. This quote always been proved by many researchers in many ways. Everybody who was related to do research of Shakespeare’s this quote, each and every times they find out some different idea. Maybe no one can reach that idea which inspired him. William Shakespeare did a great survey of life which was publicized by this quote.


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