Hamlet – modern adaptation

[Jack knocks on the door].

JOHN: Who is it?

JACK: The question is, my friend: is it better to be alive or dead?

JOHN: Is it nobler to suffer what luck throws at you, or to fight against all those troubles and end them?

JACK: To die is to sleep – a sleep that ends all the heartache and shocks that life gives us.

JOHN: That’s an achievement I wish for. To die, to sleep – to sleep … maybe to dream. Ah! But there’s the catch! In death’s sleep who knows what kind of dreams might come, when we go there. It must make us pause. This is the tragedy that stretches out our sufferings for so long!

JACK: Who would put up with all life’s countless humiliations and abuses – the unfairness and injustice – when you could simply pick up the knife and call it quits?

[A knife is slid on the ground under the cubicle door].

JACK: Who would choose to grunt and sweat through an exhausting life?

JOHN: Unless they were afraid of something after death – the undiscovered country from which no visitor returns – that gives no answers and makes us stick to the evils we know, rather than rush off to find other ones we don’t? Fear of death makes us all cowards, and our natural impulse for action is lost in thought.

[John gets up and opens the cubicle door. No one is there].

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