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From which soliloquy is Shakespeare's famous quote "To be or not to be"?

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Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy is found in 3.1-64.-98. Here, Hamlet is wondering both what it means to be alive, what revenge can truly accomplish, and whether or not he is brave enough to avenge his father's death. Here is the entire soliloquy:

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 heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir...

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arjun | Student

His fourth soliloquy is considered most philosophical and used as examples by the scholars. He is shown on the horn of dilemma and thinks whether he should tolerate it or fight against the tyranny of life. His acute pain, caused by obsession, pushes him to committing suicide. He prefers escaping from reality.


Such dejection is interim .when he comes to round, he condemns it cowardice and uplifts himself to the spell of suicide. He opposes death and imagines whether death is a deep sleep, free from troubles with whom the body is attached, or not. He jumps to tantamount that death is no doubt a sleep but there are thousands dreadful visions usually disturb and shock such sleep.
He hesitates to commit suicide because it is not way of getting rid of the troubles of life, but of implicating or trapping himself into more torturous troubles. If it had not been, it would have been the best remedy of all troubles given by life in the world.
So it is conscience that makes the effected too weak to commit suicide. It robs our moral courage and irresolute and in consequence we become pale through anxiety.

arjun | Student

His fourth soliloquy is considered most philosophical and used as examples by the scholars. He is shown on the horn of dilemma and thinks whether he should tolerate it or fight against the tyranny of life. His acute pain, caused by obsession, pushes him to committing suicide. He prefers escaping from reality.


Such dejection is interim .when he comes to round, he condemns it cowardice and uplifts himself to the spell of suicide. He opposes death and imagines whether death is a deep sleep, free from troubles with whom the body is attached, or not. He jumps to tantamount that death is no doubt a sleep but there are thousands dreadful visions usually disturb and shock such sleep.
He hesitates to commit suicide because it is not way of getting rid of the troubles of life, but of implicating or trapping himself into more torturous troubles. If it had not been, it would have been the best remedy of all troubles given by life in the world.
As he says:Thus conscience does………..of act in.
So it is conscience that makes the effected too weak to commit suicide. It robs our moral courage and irresolute and in consequence we become pale through anxiety.