Questions are all in regard to Hamlet's third soliloquy, "To be or not to be". I'm having difficulty citing exact quotes and explaining how they connect for each of the questions, so please help! Here are the questions: 1.What are some of the specific problems in life that Hamlet bemoans? 2.Why, according to Hamlet, do we not end everything with a "bare bodkin" (small dagger)? 3.Is this conclusion satisfactory, or is it too reductive (oversimplified)? 4.What main rhetorical strategy does Hamlet use in the soliloquy? In other words, how does he try to sway the audience to agree with bus observations about life? 5.If you were directing this scene, what is one directorial decision you would make to bring out an important idea in the soliloquy?

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The problems of life to which Hamlet refers in his "To be, or not to be" soliloquy in act 3, scene 1 of Shakespeare's Hamlet and the questions he raises are universal in the sense that, in one way or another, they apply to everyone. Hamlet asks, "who would bear the whips and scorns of time"—the trials and tribulations of life, the sharp rebukes that life give us, and the misfortunes, large and small, that every person endures throughout their life.

Hamlet elaborates on this question with specific examples of "the whips and scorns of time." Who would endure oppression ("the oppressor's wrongs"), disparagement, insults, and condescension from arrogant people ("the proud man's contumely") or suffer the pain and longing of unrequited or disdained love ("The pangs of disprized love"), injustice and the slowness and unfairness of justice ("the law's delay"), the disregard and disrespect from people in office and in public service ("the insolence of office"), and all of the other abuses that good...

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