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Effective Usage Of Sound In Jaques "All The World's A Stage" Speech.

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As infamous as Shakespeare is, and as well known as his works are, some proseare just simply more extraordinary than the rest. There are many ways to look at Jaquesspeech, such as use of language or imagery yet, something we often do not reflect on isthe sound of the prose. When reading this particular speech, the subject is directlyrelated to the sounds Shakespeare has chosen. We are guided gracefully through thestages of life in twenty-seven lines. As it is read aloud, the reader hears the actual soundsthat each stage exhibits, and finds themselves part of the speech, experiencing it, asopposed to merely reading it.The introduction is like a drum-roll before the show starts. The intonation atwhich the reader proceeds begins with a high sound due to"...(a)ll..." 1 being the firstword. The 'aw' sound is repeated at the beginning and three times during the nextsentence, "And all the men and women merely players;" (2.7.140). The next sentence islower in pitch, using a lower 'e' sound "..exit and their entrances," (2.7.141).Reappearing in the final two sentences, before the actual ages begin, is the 'aw' sound.The fluctuation like that of a ring master, is striving to gain attention before the showstarts.The first three stages can be considered the childhood progressing into adulthoodstages. "Mewling and puking..." (2.7.144), are two words, which when said, they areslurred and unclear, much like that of the speech of an infant. The 'ew' in mewling andthe 'you' sound in puking are common noises from young children. Next we reach theschoolboy stage. Young men are often reluctant to attend school, and their protests takethe form of "...whining..." (2.7.145). When the word whining is pronounced, it soundslike a whine. The word starts with a dragged out 'why' sound, making the reader againfeel like they are making the sounds which are pertinent to that age. Words associatedwith lovers are soft and flowing, much like those used by Shakespeare in the prose of thisage. "Sighing like furnace, with woeful ballad" (2.7.148), depict more emotion than seenwithin the prior two stages. When sighing is pronounced, it takes the form of an actualsigh, causing the reader to actually act out the verb instead of simply speaking it....

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