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To be or not to be #1 (permalink) Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:47 am   To be or not to be
 

"To be or not to be" was the dilemma of Hamlet.
What is the meaning?
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To be or not to be #2 (permalink) Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:21 am   To be or not to be
 

You have to look at the fuller context:
"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?"


So this is highlighting the choice between two options: whether it is nobler to
a) suffer and bear the problems silently (so as not to cause further upset)
or
b) fight the problems (which will cause additional problems in the short term, but may end them in the long term).

(Don't expect the language of Shakespeare to always make grammatical sense in modern English. "Which (of these) to do?" would be equivalent.)
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