Some metaphors in "Hamlet" are "current," "sea of troubles" and "slings and arrows." All of these metaphors come after the opening line, "To be or not to be ..."
"The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" or "Hamlet" was written by William Shakespeare. "To be or not to be ..." is Hamlet's soliloquy's opening phrase in the Nunnery Scene. One of the soliloquy's metaphors, "the slings and arrows," refers to the demoralizing feeling of suffering attacks without the ability to respond effectually. It does not matter where the attacks come from, snipers, artillery, guerrilla tactics or archers. The metaphor, "current," refers to the water's steady motion. "Sea of troubles" is used as a metaphor in the soliloquy to compare Hamlet's sufferings with the endless and huge sea.