“To be, or not to be…that is the question” This wellknown utterance has been the source of
both mystery and wonderment for students around the world since the turn of the 16th century—arguably the zenith of Shakespeare’s creative output. However, the mere ubiquity of this phrase fails to answer some basic questions about it’s rather context. Where did it come from what does it mean? The first of these questions (where does it come from?) can be answered fairly easily: from Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. As for the last of the two questions, a complete answer would require a more deep look at shakespearean culture and nuance.