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The Undiscover'd Country

HAMLET-DQEKEN

What does Shakespeare communicate about death (in the context of his “to be or not to be” soliloquy) through Hamlet’s use of the metaphorical statement that death is:

“The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
No traveller returns”

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A

That death is an exciting adventure in a new place, which is a compelling argument for suicide.

B

That death is problematic because it is the great unknown and once dead, one cannot return to report its realities.

C

That death is a great journey one should take when one tires of life, because although there are uncertainties in death, there are also uncertainties in life.

D

That because death is so permanent, it is also a permanent end to life’s many vagaries.

E

That death is troubling because it seems too good to be true, so it should be regarded with skepticism.