1623, First Folio: SUICIDE NOTE: “Vere’s conscience.” “Ed Vere, known pen.” “DANTE death tale.”

Hamlet (1623), To be, 3.1., VERE, coVEREd, known PEN, #1Fig. 1

Hamlet (1623), To be, 3.1., VERE's conscience, #2Fig. 2

1623, To be or not to be, VERE's bodkin, #3Fig. 3

“Dante” = Dante Alighieri  (1265 – 1321)

Author of the Divine Comedy:  The Inferno (Hell)

Dante, Hamlet, To Be Soliloquy, Dante tale shockes, #2Fig. 4

Dante, Circle 7, Ring 2, SuicidesFig. 5      Or:  

Dante, Dore, Inferno, Circle 7, Canto 13, pic.Fig. 6

Hamlet, 1623, 3.1., Vere's suicide note, #1Fig. 7

   In Elizabethan law, a suicide was considered a serious felony. The word “suicide”, from the Latin sui (oneself) and -cide (to kill), did not come in to use until ca. 1645 – 1655. The Elizabethan term for suicide was “felo de se”, Latin for a “felony against/concerning onself ”. With respect to the “To be or not to be” soliloquy (the most clinically accurate and elaborate passage of suicidal ideation in all of Shakespeare), Hamlet’s reasoning is flawless, and still resonates with modern audiences. The soliloquy contains quiet, but controlled, feelings of wishing to die. Several reasons are given for why suicide seems reasonable to him.  

   As Hamlet, Oxford is confessing his own suicidal thoughts in a ciphertext within a plaintext that is clearly about suicide . He has reasons why he should die. In fact, he projects his reasoning process onto anyone who has ever experienced: the ravages of time; the abuses of those in authority; the reproaches and insults of those less fortunate than others; to have your love be scorned and held in disdain and rejected in disgust; having to wait too long for justice due, or the insolence of those in positions of power.

   He has a plan: he will kill himself with a dagger; fall on his sword like an ancient Roman.

   The ciphertext is a Signature array, stating Oxford both wrote and encrypted the plaintext we know as probably the single most memorable speech (dialogue) given by any character in any play in the Shakespeare canon.

   The “To be or not to be” soliloquy is (at least at the time of writing) Edward de Vere’s careful reasoning about ending his life. Given what we now know about suicide, both attempted and successful, it is likely Vere was silent about his feelings; and few, if anyone, knew of his silent despair. But those who did, those “in-the-know”, understood well that Vere wrote Hamlet, and that the play itself was what, would be called, in this day and age, a memoir, a highly condensed autobiography.

   The “To be or not to be” soliloquy is nothing if not the most prosaic and most beautifully written suicide note ever penned.   (5.28.15)

Hamlet (1623), To be, 3.1., %22I am VEER.%22, signature, Array 17, #5Fig. 8

Hamlet (1623), To be, 3.1., EARL Vere is Will Sh., #6Fig. 9

 

 

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