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Analysis Challenge December 8, 2009

Posted by ammerahsaidi in Uncategorized.

Remember next week, you will have an essay exam wherein you will analyze important quotes from Othello.   

I’m posting here a famous soliloquy.  Analyze it.  Take it apart line by line, word by word.  Offer your opinions and support with text.  Each of you can build off of one another.  You can disagree and state why you disagree. 

Post your thoughts and comments on this posting, not under your hour’s tabs.  Here’s the soliloquy:

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 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 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 awry,
And lose the name of action.–Soft you now!
The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
Be all my sins remember’d.



1. abeer - December 9, 2009

i think that shakespeare is talking about how people try to go to sleep thinking that all the bad things happening in his life will end the part where he said ”and by a sleep to say we end the heartache and the thousand natura shocks”.

2. Bri`Ana Fletcher - December 9, 2009

I swear to god this is all from my head…
he is saying, should he be alive or should he be dead, but there is a website were you can find the answer.

3. nadirah abdallah - December 11, 2009

he is trying to say that life is hard and does not know if he sholud be alive.

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