1. William Shakespeare – All the world’s a stage (from As You Like It 2/7)

    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. At first the infant,
    Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
    And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
    Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;
    And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

  2. madhuri said:

    Lovely poem.

  3. nice poem, but (like in many other cases- :)) can’t understand the relation to the original post

    • 1. Darren Brown is a showman. He is a special kind of showman who acts out situations which the audience believes are real. He is acting at level-1 when he is in character, he is acting at level-2 early on in the film to lead on the contestants. The editing and the specific cuts and highlights have been designed to present to us the audience, a specific effect (that of “expose'”) and a specific role for us to play (rooting for the protagonist to expose the faith-healing sham.) Notice how he glosses over the parts where they mention the turnout wasn’t big etc. The reality TV format in the film also suggests a put-on show in front of the camera. What was edited out?

      2. The actor-faith-healer thought in the beginning that he was needed to host a “real” TV show, and hence was playing himself in the beginning. At the time he had to act as a hypnotist, he is an actor level-1 trying to convince the audience that he is not acting. When he acts well, he is told that the role he needs to play next. However, he is a Christian, and he has to make peace with the effects of making a Christian audience believe that he is real. He needs to handle the dissonance of playing a role (that of faith-healer) and that of playing what he imagines to be himself (a well-meaning actor who wants to expose the parasites of the faith-industry.) But we see along the way that this line of role vs. reality conflict looms large when he cannot easily tell himself if he is a fraud or is an exposer of fraud. Which role is he really playing?

      3. The audience come to the faith-healing show. They come expecting a certain show/performance they have come to expect from “real” faith-healers. When our-hero delivers a faith-healing performance, they see real faith-healing, since they see what they always see – the performance of faith-healing. How do they react? They play the “real” roles of ones being moved and affected by faith-healing. Energized.

      4. When our-hero “comes out,” he is playing a role, that Darren Brown has written for him, speaking out a carefully worded script. The audience, what do they do? They are momentarily pulled out of their roles. They cannot play the jazzed up believers momentarily. They grapple, because they are stripped naked of their role of energized believers. They need a new role, but unless they find out what the next guy thinks of the new development, they are unsure of what is the right role to play next. When the audience steps out, presumably they get-together to discuss and adopt new roles – “being wronged?”, “enlightened?”, “lectured by satan-like scam artists?”, “taken advantage of by money minded TV people?”, “let down by their church?”

      5. What about us? Why did I post this? Why am I circulating it? What is the role that I have chosen to play? “Informer?” “Entertainer?” “Cynic?” “Critic?” “Rationalist?”

      “All the world’s a stage,
      And all the men and women merely players”

      • ooh! my brain just added another layer of grey matter 😉 thanks! 🙂

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