MP Board Class 10th Special English Important Questions Chapter 16 All the World’s a Stage
I. Answer the following questions in about 25 words:
Explain: (MP 2014)
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.
Shakespeare compares the world to a stage. Both men and women take birth and die. It means they come on the stage of life and leave it like actors. Every man has to play different parts according to his span of life. The full life span is divided into seven ages.
Why does the poet compare the school boy to a snail? (Imp)
A snail is a type of small soft animal usually with a hard round shell on its back, which moves very slowly. The school boy is also soft and delicate. He has to carry his satchel to school. He is not willing to go to school. Therefore, he walks slowly like a snail. Therefore, the school boy is compared to a snail.
How does the soldier play his part on the stage of the world?
The soldier is full of strange oaths. He has a long beard like the General of the army. He is honour seeking. He does not mind quarreling. He does not mind going into the mouth of the cannon to achieve short living fame.
How does the justice act out his part on the stage of the world?
The justice is round bellied by feeding on male chickens. He has severe looks. He plays his part on the stage of life successfully, using wise sayings and modem examples.
Why does the poet call man’s last age as “second childishness and mere oblivion”?
The old men becomes lean and weak, his manly voice gushes out like a whistle. He starts lisping. He becomes childish and forgetful. He loses all his senses. He loses his digestive power but longs for youthful items. His memory too fails. His tastes and demands also become childish.