Hamlet Act 3, Scene 1 Solilooquy

Ah “there is the rub’. Do you my “fair” time traveler, upon the flights of the internet, take but a moment of your “time” to read the words, to ponder the words. Perhaps, perhaps you do my good lord/lady. Take the time to let these lines from the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare, sink deep within you, for they are timeless and they wait upon you, as you wait upon them; enjoy!


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 heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of dispriz’d love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would these fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment
With this regard their currents turn away,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.

For this posting I have decided to post just one piece of the 1996 movie version of Hamlet, starting Kenneth Branagh. Of course this is the most famous part of the play, that I have decided to post. I have posted this part of the play, not that it is the most famous, but more that it might capture at least one of you who reads this post to either view the movie in its entirety, or even more importantly get one of you to read the play or see it performed live on stage. The 1996 movie is definitely worth watching, however be ready for it four (4) hours in length. Kenneth does bring such “life” to Hamlet and I did very much enjoy the artistic liberties that he used in the making of this film.

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