Notes On The Seven Ages - CBSE Class 9 Literature Reader 101 Communicative
Shakespeare considers the world a stage and all men and women merely actors on the stage of life. Every man passes through seven stages during his life time. They have their entrances and exits. At birth they enter the stage and on their death, they exit.

The first stage of life is that of an infant who always cries and pukes on his nurse's lap. In the second stage he emerges as bright –faced, complaining school boy. He slings his bag over his shoulder and creeps like a snail most unwillingly to school.

The thirds stage of a man is lover who is busy composing ballads praising the beauty of the eyes of his beloved and sighing deeply for her attention. In the fourth stage he graduates into a bearded soldier who is ready to die for honour of his country. He is ready to sacrifice his life and jump into canon’s mouth just for temporary reputation.

 From the agile soldier, he enters to a stage of justice, the fifth stage. He wears a short, formal beard and his eyes become severe. He is fond of chicken and develops a fat- round belly. He speaks to everyone in a just and wise manner.

After he has played this part, he enters into the sixth age. He becomes thin, wears spectacles and the skin hangs loosely like a pouch. His clothes hang loosely around him. His authoritative voice changes to voice that produces whistles and piping sounds The last and the seventh stage is second-childishness .In this stage man loses his teeth, his taste, and his vision and ultimately dies. Thus man makes his exit from the stage of life.

Summary

Shakespeare considers the world a stage and all men and women merely actors on the stage of life. Every man passes through seven stages during his life time. They have their entrances and exits. At birth they enter the stage and on their death, they exit.

The first stage of life is that of an infant who always cries and pukes on his nurse's lap. In the second stage he emerges as bright –faced, complaining school boy. He slings his bag over his shoulder and creeps like a snail most unwillingly to school.

The thirds stage of a man is lover who is busy composing ballads praising the beauty of the eyes of his beloved and sighing deeply for her attention. In the fourth stage he graduates into a bearded soldier who is ready to die for honour of his country. He is ready to sacrifice his life and jump into canon’s mouth just for temporary reputation.

 From the agile soldier, he enters to a stage of justice, the fifth stage. He wears a short, formal beard and his eyes become severe. He is fond of chicken and develops a fat- round belly. He speaks to everyone in a just and wise manner.

After he has played this part, he enters into the sixth age. He becomes thin, wears spectacles and the skin hangs loosely like a pouch. His clothes hang loosely around him. His authoritative voice changes to voice that produces whistles and piping sounds The last and the seventh stage is second-childishness .In this stage man loses his teeth, his taste, and his vision and ultimately dies. Thus man makes his exit from the stage of life.
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