William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act III, Scene 1, Soliloquy
"To be or not to be". There are two main streams of interpretation of this famous soliloquy of Hamlet. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) argues, the outset of the discourse is aimed at Hamlet's revenge on Claudius, who became king after he killed Hamlet's father. Whereas Edmond Malone (1741-1812) claims, Hamlet is considering suicide, that to commit, however, he is too faint-hearted: "Thus conscience does make cowards of us all." In my performance I incline to Malone's interpretation.