The soliloquy “To be, or not to be: that is the question” appears in Act 3 Scene 1 in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It is, perhaps, one of the best-known soliloquies by Hamlet in the play, which generates profound literary interest even today. Hamlet is feeling deep pain and sorrow because of his father’s death. It seems that he is unable to accept this separation. He doesn’t want to live. Contemplating suicide, he questions himself philosophically if it is justified to live with so much pain and agony or if ending his own life is the best possible option. So this soliloquy presents to the audience Hamlet’s dilemma of should he live or should he just die. In the next few lines of the soliloquy, he considers the fact that since suicide is a sin, it is not a noble thought. Such an unrighteous act will lead to eternal damnation. So, of course, Hamlet doesn’t commit suicide.