To Be or Not To Be” Soliloquy
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• Act III of Hamlet (See the attached and other Shakespeare online source)
There are a number of ways to access Hamlet.
1. Chances are that you can pick up a cheap paper copy of the play almost anywhere. If you do so or have one that you might have read previously, please make sure that the paper edition is the Folger Library Shakespeare version.
2. If you want to read Hamlet online, I would recommend the version at Shakespeare’s Words Web site because it gives both line numbers and definitions of words not commonly used in modern English.
You can also access Hamlet for free online at any one of the sites listed below:
3. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (mit.edu)
4. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (opensourceshakespeare.org)
Regardless of the version you choose, I strongly recommend that you use a version with line numbers. These will be very helpful when citing your quotations in your papers. Although your papers for these next three weeks do not require citing outside sources, you will be asked to cite the quotations that you use from Hamlet. The following web sites will assist you in doing so:
View the following:
• Hamlet’s Soliloquies [Video File] [06 min 55 sec]
• Hamlet’s Journey [Video File] [06 min 47 sec]
• Olivier’s Hamlet Film (1948): To Be or Not To Be Soliloquy [Video File] [04 min 35 sec]
• David Tennant’s version of Hamlet in the following BBC YouTube clip (2009) [Video File] [03 min 02 sec]
• Kenneth Branagh’s version of Hamlet in his movie [Video file] [03 min 05 sec]
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