We’ve been reading William Shakespeare’s Hamlet in class for the last couplet weeks, and have found out that Hamlet’s dilemma lies not only with his current task at hand, but within himself as well. In his famous “To be or not to be” speech from the play, we read the following lines as Hamlet questions whether or not he should continue living:
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?…
As Hamlet questions why people would put themselves through some of the hurt and pain of this life, his words beg the questions,
What do we live for?
What is it in this life that motivates us, keeps us going, makes it all worth it?
There are so many good things all around us, but sometimes they seem hidden and require us to search a bit. What those things are may be different for each and every individual. Feel free to comment below, answering the questions above and giving us all a reminder of what is good as well as a small insight into your world and who you are.