Melancholy Jacques: Shakespeare’s Happiest Conception
Jacques is easily the most impressive character so far as audience is concerned but least needed so far as the plot of the play is concerned. He is considered as a side character according to most of the critics for the play ?As You Like It? by William Shakespeare. Although he is side lined in the play but Shakespeare made it a point that whatever small part he gets, it impacts the whole play. Most of the important instances ordialogues in the play are delivered by Jacques. Be it mocking Orlando or his famous poem ?Seven Ages of Man? inwhich describes the whole human life, Jacques was the best at what all he did. He is a commentator among the actors, thinker among the doers and a melancholy person among the lively ones. His character is a total sum of all these reactions and impressions. He is called a weeping philosopher; weeping over the sorry scheme of things.
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