In Hamlet, what concerns is Hamlet expressing in the soliloquy of act 3, scene 1, "To be, or not to be"?

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This of course is perhaps one of the most famous speeches in all of the plays of Shakespeare, not just in this one. This is a very poignant soliloquy, as in it Hamlet is really discussing the value of his life and whether or not he should commit suicide....

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This of course is perhaps one of the most famous speeches in all of the plays of Shakespeare, not just in this one. This is a very poignant soliloquy, as in it Hamlet is really discussing the value of his life and whether or not he should commit suicide. This soliloquy has been staged in so many ways, but one of the best ones for me is in the Kenneth Brannagh film version, when Hamlet performs this soliloquy in front of a two way mirror, with Claudius and Polonius watching him through the other side.

The soliloquy starts off with Hamlet debating whether to kill himself, or whether it is more noble to face the troubles of life. He wonders if sleep will give him the rest from the trials of his life that he is looking for. But then he wonders if he does die what dreams he will have, and this uncertainty of what he faces in "the undiscovered country" of death is something that makes all men fearful of death. This makes us put up with our lives and their troubles rather than exchange them for something that we don't know about. This is what stops us from acting on our principles and takes away our resolution in life.

The soliloquy is interupted at this stage by the arrival of Ophelia, but it is important to note the way that this soliloquy presents Hamlet and the real desire that he has to end his life so that he can escape the various "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune," or the terrible position that he has found himself in.

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