“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…”
~Shakespeare (Hamlet, Act III Scene I)
We’ve been reading Hamlet in class and, much to my surprise, I really liked it. As I’ve said before, I’ve always been weary of Shakespeare, even after we read Othello, but this story really blew me away.
I think one of the things that I enjoyed most about Hamlet, was the fact that readers could relate to Hamlet so much. Shakespeare manages to give him very humanizing characteristics that makes him all the more real. Depression, flaws, uncertainty… All of these are things that humans have to go through, deal with, every day. I think it makes Hamlet, as a character, so much more grounded and easy to sympathize with.
Anyway, here’s a link (here) to a free version of Hamlet online. If you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to do so. It’s an amazing story wherein Hamlet catches the conscience of the king. And if you don’t know what that means go and find out.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans! Try not to go too deeply into a food coma.