Hamlet, Act III, Scene I

"To be, or not to be, that is the question."


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William Shakespeare Quotes



“This above all: to thine own self be true,

And it must follow, as the night the day,

Thou canst not then be false to any man.”

"The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief."

Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene II

“Men at some time are masters of their fates:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,

But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”

“Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.”

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other word would smell as sweet..."

"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

"All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts."

"Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."

"All that glitters is not gold."

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William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
  • He was the song of a glover and a grammar-school boy that attended Stratford
  • He is famously known as the world's greatest playwright who had a dynamic duality within himself
  • He had become an icon for English-speaking people throughout the world just like how Dante is for the Italians and Goethe for the Germans
  • Shakespeare was a person who kept to himself and died a mysterious man.
Hundred Years’ War

 ... was an intermittent struggle between England and France in the 14th–15th century over a series of disputes over territories & the question of the legitimate succession to the French crown:

  • As the English kings started as Dukes of Normandy, their continental territories were a constant source of conflict.
  • When the last Capet dynasty died without an heir, the English king Edward III claimed to have the rightful ruler of France over the newly Valois king, Philip the VI.

Initially, the English won quite a few battles but failed to unite England and France under one crown.

The Play

Macbeth was first performed on stage in the year 1606. It is a play in which Shakespeare wished to get inside the skin of a murderer showing us the psychological effects of committing such crimes as Macbeth and the other characters (specially Lady Macbeth). However, as interesting as the subject of the mind of a murderer is, I find the witches to be equally intriguing on their own.

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