Essay about Jaques Speech Act in As You Like It

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Jaques Speech Act in As You Like It

In William Shakespeare’s As You Like It the speech act is introduced and helps to create a unique insight into the play and its events. Shakespeare integrates a speech act by Jaques to deliver a deeper meaning and lesson to the audience or reader of the work. Jaques in his speech act conveys a message with a much deeper meaning and teaching to society in general. The speech act rendered by Jaques addresses the themes of satire, philosophy, and the ages of man.
Jaques starts his speech act by stating that
“ 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.” (II,
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He goes on further to describe how the “lover, sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad made to his mistress’ eyebrow (II, vii, 147-148). Jaques takes his satirical approach further as he states that “the justice, in fair round belly with good capon lined, with eyes severe and beard of formal cut ... plays his part” (II, vii, 153-156). Jaques finally ends his satirical approach by telling how at the end of life one is left “sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything”(II, vii, 166). He makes his point of the life that is lead by many in society and achieves his purpose through the usage of satire to do so.
Jaques handles the issue of philosophy in his speech act in a way that enhances the rest of the play. As he states that “ all the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players “ Jaques poses a philosophical view of the situation being addressed. He opts to use symbolic means to express his feelings about the behavior of humans in society in which humans simply play out their lives on stage. Jaques goes on to say that “ one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages” (II, vii, 2-3). He categorizes the stages of life into seven significant categories which all contribute to man’s ultimate end. Jaques expresses a very pessimistic view of life and society in general through his philosophical examples.
As his speech act
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