to be or not to be

Robin   Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:28 am GMT
The Uses and Forms of the Verb To Be. ... The verb “To be” is said to be the most protean of the English language, constantly changing form

To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,

I don't know what 'protean' means either

and " 'tis " is not an expression that you will hear very often.

To be, or not to be?

To take charge of one's own fate, or to allow things to happen to you!

People like Madonna, are said to have 'reinvented themselves'.
Uriel   Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:51 am GMT
Protean means changeable. Proteus was a god who could shift into any form.

In "To be or not to be", Hamlet was contemplating suicide -- to live (be) or die (not to be).

Not sure how Madonna got involved!