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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”



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


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


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.


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


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

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