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To be or not to be

 
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Mandyzhf



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:44 am    Post subject: To be or not to be Reply with quote

could say sth about "to be or not to be" thank you!
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asterix



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2007 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the most famous passages in the English language, I should think.


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 heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. 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;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action. - Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember'd.
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likunpeng



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 15, 2008 7:54 am    Post subject: Classic Shakespear Reply with quote

This is the monologue of Hamlet, the meloncholy prince in the play.
This was said controversially on purpose as the prince decided to pretend to be mad to dispell his uncle and other enemies' vigilence. This monologue is considered the most classic one for it reflects many philosophical thoughts on subjects like life, vegence, death etc. "To be or not to be", this sentence contains lots of implicated meanings, yet it is so concise that everyone can memerize it easily. That's one of the charms lying in Shakespear's plays.
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