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Hamlet 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 them This sentence is possibly one of the most famous ever written by Shakespeare or by anyone at all People everywhere recite it but most dont know what it means Hamlet during his soliloquy is lamenting the unjust death of his father but more so the betrayal to him and is father by his uncle and mother He is also grieving the deeds the ghost of the late King Hamlet is expecting from him and the choice between living in constant personal agony and committing suicide which would leave him vulnerable for whatever might follow Shakespeare frequently uses metaphors to more accurately and more effectively describes the emotions of his characters The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune is a perfect example of this This describes Hamlets feelings of dismay and helps him contemplate whether it is better to suffer from this constant barrage of bad fortune or to commit suicide and oppose all these slings and arrows which are the cause for his suffering Another example of this is when Hamlet ponders the idea of death and what feelings and thought that are experienced in the afterlife When we have shuffled off this mortal coil he is unsure what to expect from the dreams that he could possibly experience The mortal coil itself is describing life and the awkward path that it takes He goes on and realizes that the lack of knowledge about the feelings and thoughts in death is what ultimately keeps him from ending his life instantly Shakespeares metaphors are not only limited to a phrase or a sentence but Hamlets whole soliloquy is metaphorical Hamlet never actually states his indecision over suicide he uses sleep and war to describe his
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