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To Be or Not to Be

To Be or Not to Be

by Douglas Bruster
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826489982

ISBN-13: 9780826489982

Pub. Date: 03/23/2007

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Hamlet's "To be or not to be" 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

Overview

Hamlet's "To be or not to be" 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 "slow motion" to highlight its material, philosophical and cultural meaning and its resonance for generations of actors, playgoers and readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826489982
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/23/2007
Series:
Shakespeare Now! Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.84(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

General Editors' Preface1. In the Shakespeare Museum 2. What are the Questions?3. There's the Rub4. How Does it Mean? (The Speech as Poem)5. The Name of Action (The Speech in Context)6. Not One Speech but Three, or 'There's the Point'7. Consummation (Some Conclusions)8. Acknowledgments and Further ReadingIndex

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