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Hamlet's Soliloquy - To be, or not to be

Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy is arguably the most famous soliloquy in the history of the theatre. Even today, 400 years after it was written, most people are vaguely familiar with the soliloquy even though they may not know the play. What gives these 34 lines such universal appeal and recognition? What about Hamlet's introspection has prompted scholars and theatregoers alike to ask questions about their own existence over the centuries?

In this soliloquy, Shakespeare strikes a chord with a fundamental human concern: the validity and worthiness of life. Would it not be easier for us to simply enter a never-ending sleep when we find ourselves facing the daunting problems of life than to "suffer / the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune"? However, it is perhaps because we do not know what this endless sleep entails that humans usually opt against suicide. "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come / When we have shuffled off this mortal coil / Must give us pause." Shakespeare seems to understand this dilemma through his character Hamlet, and thus the phrase "To be, or not to be" has been immortalized; indeed, it has pervaded our culture to such a remarkable extent that it has been referenced countless times in movies, television, and the media. Popular movies such as Billy Madison quote the famous phrase, and www.tobeornottobe.com serves as an online archive of Shakespeare's works. Today, a Shakespeare stereotype is held up by the bulk of society, where they see him as the god of drama, infallible and fundamentally superior to modern playwrights. However, this attitude is not new. Even centuries ago, the "holiness" of Shakespeare's work inspired and awed audiences. In a letter dated October 1, 1775, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, commenting on David Garrick's production of Hamlet (1742-1776) to his…...

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...The Theme of Appearance vs. Reality The famous play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, is a very successful tragedy filled with love, conflict and dishonesty. A tragedy is described to be a play that is serious, and has a very sad ending, usually involving the death of the main character. This specific tragedy begins with the main character, Hamlet, feeling a great deal of sorrow from the loss of his father, and his mother’s re-marriage. Soon after these events occur, the ghost of his father explains to Hamlet that Claudius killed him. Claudius was not only Hamlet’s uncle, but also his mother’s new husband. From this point on in the play, the plot explodes with conflict. The characters conceal their true intentions, to figure out what the other characters are really thinking. Throughout the play, it is proven that one of the major themes is appearance versus reality, due to the characters Hamlet, Claudius and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hiding their own realities from the other characters. Primarily, appearance versus reality is a key theme in the tragedy, due to the illusions Hamlet creates throughout the play. At the beginning of the play, everyone thinks Hamlet is depressed over the loss of his father, King Hamlet. Though this is true, Hamlet is most upset about his mother getting re-married to his uncle Claudius. His sadness increases exceedingly when he learns Claudius is the man who killed his father. Hamlet keeps this knowledge to himself, and pretends to......

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