To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

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Hamlet's qTo be or not to beq soliloquy is quoted more often than any other passage in Shakespeare. It is arguably the most famous speech in the Western world - though few of us can remember much about it. This book carefully unpacks the individual words, phrases and sentences of Hamlet's soliloquy in order to reveal how and why it has achieved its remarkable hold on our culture. Hamlet's speech asks us to ask some of the most serious questions there are regarding knowledge and existence. In it, Shakespeare also expands the limits of the English language. Douglas Bruster therefore reads Hamlet's famous speech in qslow motionq to highlight its material, philosophical and cultural meaning and its resonance for generations of actors, playgoers and readers.This may be not only because in posing questions he is doing precisely what Hamlet and so many of the playa#39;s other characters do (that is, exercising a certain kind of authority), but also because the goal of his questions is finding answers.

Title:To Be or Not to Be
Author: Douglas Bruster
Publisher:A&C Black - 2007-02-15

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