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As You Like It

All the world's a stage,And all the men

...

Jacques

As You Like It

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Basics

Character
Gender
Male
Age Range
Adult, Mature Adult
Style
Dramatic
Scene
Act 2, Scene 7
Play Setting
The Forest of Arden, just outside Duke Frederick’s French Court
Length
Medium
Time Period
Classical
Show Type
Play
Tags:
  • shakespeare
  • thoughtful

Monologue Context

Fleeing into the Forest of Arden, Orlando (As You Like It’s romantic lead) encounters Duke Senior...


Monologue Text


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.   

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

And shining morning face, creeping like snail

Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,

Sighing like furnace, with a woful 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 lin'd,

With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,

Full of wise saws and modern instances;

And so he plays his part. 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. Last scene of all,

That ends this strange eventful history,

Is second childishness and mere oblivion,

Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.




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