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Hamlet - To be or not to be

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Transcript of Hamlet - To be or not to be

That is the question.
To Be or Not To Be
Literary Devices
CONTEXT - What does this mean anyways?
themes- death
- suicide
theme- fear of the unknown
The Skating Party
theme- impossibility of certainty
"Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles"
"No traveller returns, puzzles the will, and makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of?"
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 wished. 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...
Break it down...
"The concious does
make cowards of us all."
A figure of speech in which an implied comparison is made between two unlike things that actually have something important in common.
"sea of troubles" (60)
"whips and scorns of time" (71)
"slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" (59)
The problems of life on earth
The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases.
"To be or not to be " (57)
A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated
:" (66)
Life vs. Death
"the native hue of resolution is
sicklied o'er with the pale cast
of thought" (85-86)
Hesitation/Rational thought
"perchance to
ay there's the rub" (66)
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