ToBeOrNotToBe.docx - Howell 1 Ronnie Howell Prof K Lewis Eng 1302 To Be or Not to Be This soliloquy occurs in 3.1 of Hamlet Prince of Denmark by William

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Howell 1 Ronnie Howell Prof. K. Lewis Eng. 1302 April 19, 2019 To Be or Not to Be This soliloquy occurs in 3.1 of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare. After Hamlet learns that his uncle has killed his father, he experiences deep feelings of grief and loss. Though Hamlet wants revenge against his uncle, his anguish appears unbearable thus he poses the question "To be or not to be" (3.1.56). Hamlet contemplates suicide. In his pondering, Hamlet asks himself "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?" (3.1.57-60). Hamlet is asking if it is better to simply endure his suffering or to fight the cause of it and die regardless. At this point, Hamlet begins to question the righteousness of life over death in moral terms. Hamlet inquires "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause..." (3.1.66-68). He wonders what happens to us after death. Do we sleep? If so, do we dream? What happens when we die? From Hamlet's
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