“To be or not to be, that is the question ...”
But is it really the question? Or could there be other questions, with answers just as vital to the askers as the issue of continued existence is to Hamlet, prince of Denmark?
That’s what students in my Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition set out to learn by writing their own versions of Shakespeare’s famous soliloquy. On the following pages, readers will discover ruminations on employment, Chipotle, bathroom breaks, and other topics of burning significance to a group of seniors in the final weeks of their final semester of high school.
We hope you enjoy the parodies. Maybe they will inspire you to set quill to paper — or fingers to keyboard — and write your own version of the Bard’s deathless lines.
AP English Literature instructor
Alliance High School