Monday, October 14, 2013

Value of Learning/Life 10.14.13

                                                For This Week 

Activity #6 - read "To Be Or Not To Be" Hamlet soliloquy.

Activity #7 - answering questions about how the passages are organized in Hamlet

Activity #9 - read and identify within the text (with a highlighter) what it means to be alive according to Hamlet. Mark a + for a positive outlook on life within the text or a - for a negative outlook. Compare findings with other group members.

Hamlet - To Be Or Not To Be

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 wished. To die, to sleep,
To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, 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 despised 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 Fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
(-)The undiscovered 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 pitch and moment,
With this regard their Currents turn awry,
And lose the name of Action. Soft you now,
The fair Ophelia? Nymph, in thy Orisons
Be all my sins remembered.

Activity #7: The passages within Hamlet are organized in the sense that the first couple lines revolve around the simple question "To be or not to be?" along with Hamlet speaking of his suicidal tendencies he imagines/rants about throughout the whole passage. There is a pattern within this story because Hamlet's thoughts and descriptions switch from positives to negatives.

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