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  1. sting's Avatar

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    Exclamation To be or not to be.

    To be or not be....
    Is this a question?
    What does it mean in Hamlet?
    Why it is given importance

  2. Harry Smith's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: To be or not to be.

    Quote Originally Posted by sting View Post
    To be or not be....
    Is this a question?
    What does it mean in Hamlet?
    Why it is given importance
    The question is whether to be or not to be. If you want to know what Hamlet meant you should read the book. There is some philosophy in this question. Everybody asks this question to themselves in different life situations. When I ask myself this question I mean which way of life it is better for me to choose. This question has no answer.

  3. Veron1's Avatar

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    Smile Re: To be or not to be.

    Hi Sting
    I have a friend's reply .I hope it will help you
    "I believe Hamlet was also questioning the experiences which shape our identity and existence--the "slings and arrows," as it were. Knowing that we will face much adversity if we choose to persevere, and not knowing for sure if we will experience much happiness in the face of all the sure suffering complicates our decisions, as it certainly seems to for the thoughtful Hamlet."
    Nice to meet you, and I hope we can discuss this and other things any time!


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    Re: To be or not to be.

    Quote Originally Posted by sting View Post
    To be or not be....
    Is this a question?
    What does it mean in Hamlet?
    Why it is given importance
    Literally - "To live or not to live, that is the question that is facing me". Hamlet is thinking about suicide.

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    Re: To be or not to be.

    Quote Originally Posted by sting View Post
    To be or not be....
    Is this a question?
    What does it mean in Hamlet?
    Why it is given importance
    I agree with Anglika. In modern English,

    Live or die?
    What am I going to do?

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