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To study, or not to study: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The grades and criticisms of incapable markers,
Or to take my pen against a wave of questions,
And by completing end them? To study, to procrastinate -
No more - and by procrastinating to say we end
The headache and the writer's cramp
That  our hands are heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To study, to procrastinate;
To procrastinate: perchance to fail: ay, there's the rub;
For when we procrastinate, the failing grade creeps upon us
When we have shuffled into our exam room,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes us want to please and succeed;
For who would bear the red marks of failure,
The examinee's wrong, the proud marker's glee,
The pangs of disappointment, the teacher's delay,
The insolence of NZQA and the spurns
That patient of merit of the unworthy takes,
When he himself might his success make
With a mere textbook? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a mountain of schoolwork,
But that the dread of gaining no credits,
The indescribable feeling from receiving
Notice in mid-January, puzzles the will
And makes us rather have applied for derived grades
Than fly to accept the externals that we know not of?
Thus studying does make idiots of us all;
And thus the native hue of intelligence
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of cramming,
And students of great pitch and moment
With this regard their exams turn awry,
And lose the answers when presented with the question.
Okay, so it's exam time.
This piece is (obviously) based off probably William Shakespeare's most famous soliloquy's spoken by Hamlet.
My English class has been studying Hamlet, and so I decided to take his "To be, or not to be" soliloquy and turn it into a bit of a joke about exams.

Yes, I know it doesn't really make sense....

But it was a great way to relieve some stress.

Gah, I have my English exam first thing tomorrow morning >.<
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allison731 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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mystichuntress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! Thank you so much!!!
Although, can you explain to me about this ticket idea? I don't really understand it haha.
allison731 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ticket is gift for art which have enough good quality. Art which have not that is removed from our gallery after one day. :)
RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
If we got to write an analysis on THIS for English homework, it would make my day.
mystichuntress Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhhh that would be AMAZING!!! ahahaha
And if you want to know about the author's purpose, you can just ask me :)
RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
lol it would be fun to write about.
Was your purpose to make a statement or to rant? Or both?
mystichuntress Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Both hahaha
Overall purpose: I was sick of studying, and I needed to practise my Hamlet skills.
RiseofGreenBean Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Back when I had English class, we didn't get tested on Shakespeare. We didn't even read the play out loud. The teacher showed us three versions of the play (original, animated, modern day) and we wrote an essay on it.
mystichuntress Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
!!!!! That sounds so much better!!!

But I like Shakespeare, so I like reading it :)
musicsweetheart Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist
lol... n u still managed to do that :XD: i guess u dun need to study tho.. u aledi veri smart
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