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    Hello

    Could someone please explain the meaning of this sentences to me?

    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 what does nobler means here?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Hello

    Could someone please explain the meaning of this sentences to me?

    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 what does nobler means here?
    Ah, translating/explaining Shakespeare! Always fun!

    The general meaning of the passage is simply that Hamlet is considering whether or not it is better to simply allow life to deal the problems that come with bad luck, or to fight against it.

    Nobler here means "showing more signs of honour or courage".

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    Thank you.

    This is quite difficult. Is there a way that I can understand these kind of texts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Thank you.

    This is quite difficult. Is there a way that I can understand these kind of texts?
    Take my word for it - many English speakers struggle to understand Shakespeare. It's written in very old English and is also quite poetic. Generally, plays are much easier to understand when they're actually performed as you have scenery, costume, props etc to help you!

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