The Seven Ages Of Man By Shakespeare And Demeter Retold By Edith Hamilton

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Often in literary works the author includes a theme to go along with their story. Two examples of this are the “The Seven Ages of Man” by Shakespeare and “Demeter” retold by Edith Hamilton. Both literary works follow similar themes throughout their story’s. The theme of both of these works is one of a cycle, “The Seven Ages of Man” being the cycle of becoming a man and the cycle of seasons in “Demeter”. The two cycles can be compared through the point of view they are told from, the amount of emotion in their stories and the importance of their cycles. The works by Shakespeare and retold by Edith Hamilton are both written from third person points of view that follow their themes. “The Seven Ages of Man” is told from a limited third person point of view, “And so he plays his part” (Shakespeare 19). Shakespeare told the story in a limited third…show more content…
“The Seven Ages of Man” begins as “All the world’s 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 1-5). The cycle of man beings as an infant in a nurse's arms and ends as an old decrepit person. The cycle of man is more than that, it is the cycle from birth to death for all of us. The story of “Demeter” is the cycle of her losing her daughter for four months every year and her missing her during those times. “Demeter did not refuse, poor comfort though it was that she must lost Persephone for four months every year and see her young loveliness go down to the world of the dead” (Hamilton 101-013). As Demeter’s daughter goes back to the underworld each year she stops allowing food to grow. Demeter’s cycle of seeing her daughter and losing her for the four months a year is also the cycle of the seasons, winter when Persephone is in the underworld and spring, fall and summer while she with
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