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"To be or not to be" is already in Modern English.

The words themselves are all words that occur regularly within Modern English. "To be or not to be?" is a philosophical question that extends beyond the confines of linguistic morphology. It is a question that could be asked in any time, in any language.

In the context of Shakespeare's Hamlet, "To be or not to be" occurs during Hamlet's famous soliloquoy, wherein he contemplates commiting suicide, falling into a depression after his father's death, which is only furthered upon coming to learn that his uncle, Claudius, murdered Hamlet's father and Hamlet himself finds himself unable to act, to seek his rightful revenge.

The soliloquoy questions the very purpose of life, and whether it has any at all.

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