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In Hamlet’s soliloquy "To be or not to be," what side of the problem does Hamlet choose?

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At the end of his soliloquy, he makes it very clear that his answer is that he cannot kill himself:

Thus the native hue of resolution/ Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought

He is essentially saying, "Clearly I am getting slowed down because I have to think so much about this idea and whether or not suicide is worth it, given that it is both a mortal sin and leads to an afterlife 'from whose bourn no traveller returns' to tell us what it is like, so it is plenty scary."

In "los[ing] the name of action," Hamlet decides that he cannot go through with his plan to kill himself and will instead continue to exist. He continues to struggle with why he should exist, though as the previous answers make clear, he eventually decides that...

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