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To be or not to be—What Does it Mean?

  • Renesan Institute for Lifelong Learning 1200 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM, 87505 United States (map)

When the First Folio is on display at the New Mexico Museum of Art in February, 2016, it will be open to the page that holds the most famous speech in the English language: Hamlet To be, or not to be. But what does that speech actually mean? 

Come join the discussion and close reading of these lines and really understand the layers and ambiguities of meaning and significance, as well as discovering what the heck are a fardel and a bodkin. We'll also compare the two different versions of that speech to see how the editing impacts its essence. Robin Williams will lead the discussion.

The fee for this course includes a guided tour of the First Folio exhibit at the Museum. Register through Renesan.org.

For in that sleep of death, what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
— Hamlet in Hamlet