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Hamlet-to be or not to be?


            
             C) "To be or not to be: that is the question-.
             To be, or not to be: that is the question:.
             Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer.
             The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.
             Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,.
             And by opposing end them? "To die,""to sleep,"".
             No more; and by a sleep to say we end.
             The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks.
             That flesh is heir to,""'tis a consummation.
             Devoutly to be wish'd. To die,""to sleep; ".
             To sleep: perchance to dream: "ay, there's the rub;.
             For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,.
             When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,.
             Must give us pause: there's the respect.
             That makes calamity of so long life;.
             For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,.
             The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,.
             The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay,.
             The insolence of office, and the spurns.
             That patient merit of the unworthy takes,.
             When he himself might his quietus make.
             With a bare bodkin? who would these fardels bear,.
             To grunt and sweat under a weary life,.
             But that the dread of something after death,"".
             The undiscover'd country, from whose bourn.
             No traveller returns,""puzzles the will,.
             And makes us rather bear those ills we have.
             Than fly to others that we know not of?.
             Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;.
             And thus the native hue of resolution.
             Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought;.
             And enterprises of great pith and moment,.
             With this regard, their currents turn awry,.
             And lose the name of action.
             "To be or not to be- is probably one of the most famous lines in English literature and is spoken by Hamlet in Act III, scene i, lines 58-90. Hamlet poses the problem of whether to commit suicide as a logical question: "To be, or not to be," that is, to live or not to live. He then weighs the moral consequences of living and dying. Is it nobler to suffer life, "the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," then to passively or to actively seek out the end to one's suffering? He compares death to sleep and thinks of it as the end to suffering, pain, and uncertainty it might bring, "the heartache, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.


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