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Explain the opening phrase "All the world`s stage; And all the men and women merely...
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To me, what Shakespeare is saying in this very famous line is that we all are not that important and we are not permanent features of the world. This makes sense given what the poem is about. The poem is talking about how people go through various stages of life and eventually become nothing.
By saying that we are all just actors, Shakespeare is emphasizing that we ourselves change over time, playing first one role and then another.
So the major idea here is that, even though we think we are important and permanent, we are not.
Posted by pohnpei397 on February 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM (Answer #1)
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Life is like a drama enacted on a stage. It is not real except to those directly involved. Mostly an "audience" watches us play out our lives interacting with family, co-workers, and friends. When our "run" is done, we die and the play ends. People are like actors in that they assume a persona to fit with each person we meet. We certainly don't act the same way with a lover as we do with our boss (at least I hope not!). Life is full of plot complications that grow to a natural (or unnatural in the case of crime) end.
Posted by anthonda49 on February 23, 2010 at 12:09 AM (Answer #2)
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Posted by jannats-singh on February 23, 2010 at 12:07 AM (Answer #3)
According to Shakespeare, "all the world is a stage" where all the men and women perform their own acts. Every person is only a mere player, enacting the vested roles, as imposed by the Supreme Director. The stage has its entrance( birth) and exit( death).
Posted by dnguha on February 24, 2010 at 3:30 PM (Answer #4)
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