The Shakespeare Room is filled with objects and books connected to the life and works of William Shakespeare. One of the most beautiful art works in the room is a series of stained glass windows depicting images from a speech from Shakespeare's play As You Like It. The windows were created by Sydney stained glass artist Arthur G. They were installed in during the construction of the building. He rarely takes part in the action around him, preferring to observe rather than to join in.
In this speech Jaques first compares lives of men and women in the world to actors playing roles on a stage in the theatre. The idea of the Seven Ages of Man is very old and dates to the twelfth century s. Shakespeare would have learnt about this idea as a young boy at school. This monologue compares the world with a stage in a theatre. Men and women are the actors or players on this stage. Actors playing roles have entrances and exits during a performance. Life also has its entrances and exits- people are born and die and pass in and out of our lives.
Understanding Shakespeare's Seven Ages of Man
Just as an actor plays a variety of roles in life, so too do men and women play different roles or pass through different stages or seven ages of their lives. The speech then focuses on the experience of men.
However it is also possible to consider how the lives of women might be divided into seven ages or stages. The first role or stage is that of an infant or baby. The baby cries and whines before vomiting in the arms of his nurse. In the second stage of life man plays the role of a small boy or child.
Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, 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 lined, 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 slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, 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. Tell me where is Fancy bred, Or in the heart or in the head? Reply, reply. It is engender'd in the eyes; With gazing fed; and Fancy dies In the cradle where it lies. Let us all ring Fancy's knell: I'll begin it,--Ding, dong, bell! Ding, dong, bell! On the bat's back I do fly After summer merrily: Merrily, merrily, shall I live now, Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.
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