The Influence of the Audiences’ Supernatural Belief in "Hamlet" and "Macbeth"

A Comparison

Author: Jonas Heidger

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668345864

Category: Literary Criticism

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Seminar paper from the year 2015 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, language: English, abstract: "Hamlet" and "Macbeth" are two of Shakespeare’s most successful and greatest tragedies. One reason why this can safely be said, is that both tragedies are two of the greatest written by Shakespeare and both are some of the most written about plays in all Western literature. Given the great interest, that has scholars and critics captured and fascinated to continue writing and interpreting every character, theme, and every turn of events throughout the years. Both tragedies have much in common, as they open in the country in which the action took place, with a reigning monarchy, which is threatened from both interior and exterior of the country, as the murder of a king and the approach of an enemy armament, are at the center of both plots. The murderer in both plays is a kinsman of the king, occupying the throne out of greed for power but is being punished by death at the end of the tragedy. Both plays are located abroad, as "Hamlet" is placed in medieval Denmark and "Macbeth" in medieval Scotland. But what these plays have most in common is that the supernatural is playing a key role. The ghost of the old King in "Hamlet" and the three witches in "Macbeth" are determining the two protagonists’ actions and the establishment of the plays’ atmosphere from the outset. The supernatural in both plays was influenced by beliefs prevalent during Shakespeare’s lifetime.

Hamlet: Critical Essays

Author: Dr. D. S. Salunke

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 1482859491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 140

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Unlike many traditional books on Shakespeares play Hamlet, this book explores themes and issues which have received very little or no critical attention but they are crucial in understanding the play as a whole. Though in every literary period great philosophers and critics inevitably commented on the play, a host of other issues remained unexplored. During the last four centuries, theories have surely enhanced the artistic taste of the play but taken the readers away from the text of the play. Hence book strikes a balance between the central character of Hamlet and the important technical aspects of the play. These themes include art, diplomacy and international relation, natural and unnatural, evolution of conflict, contrast and parallelism, quest for certain knowledge and Marxism. Though psychoanalysis figures time and again in this book, it offers new dimensions of characters and events. The ideas contained in this book are original and the insightful. The language is simple and lucid and hence the book is pretty useful to students, teachers, research scholars and amateurs and common readers who wish to appreciate the play in a new light. Its strength lies in that it helps students and researchers write coherent critical essays on a divergent themes and issues that repeatedly figure up in the play. It beckons the readers to reinterpret the great tragedy by reading it through contexts.

Hamlet

Author: Edited by W. Turner

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 8121910986

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 212

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Twelfth Night

Author: Edited by W. Turner

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 9788121906890

Category: Fiction

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Shakespeare Survey: Volume 57, Macbeth and Its Afterlife

An Annual Survey of Shakespeare Studies and Production

Author: Peter Holland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521841207

Category: Drama

Page: 356

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Published with academic researchers and graduate students in mind, this volume of the 'Shakespeare Survey' presents a number of contributions on the theme of the play 'Macbeth'.

Shakespeariana

A Critical and Contemporary Review of Shakesperian Literature

Author: Charlotte Endymion Porter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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With v. 6 was issued "The Teachers' supplement. Conducted by W.S. Allis," no. 1-2, May-Oct. 1889.

Macbeth

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Мультимедийное издательство Стрельбицкого

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Macbeth and his wife show how bad the evil that can possess human souls is. But evil is not all powerful. On the one hand, Macbeth is the gloomiest of the great Shakespeare’s tragedies; on the other hand, it’s more encouraging than Hamlet, Othello or King Lear. In no other tragedy as in Macbeth the evil is confronted by so many people, and nowhere else they are so active.

The Dream Encyclopedia

Author: James R Lewis,Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578592712

Category: Self-Help

Page: 432

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Exploring the fascinating world of dreams, this comprehensive reference examines more than 250 dream-related topics, from art to history to science, including how factors such as self-healing, ESP, literature, religion, sex, cognition and memory, and medical conditions can all have an effect on dreams. Dream symbolism and interpretation is examined in historical, cultural, and psychological detail, while a dictionary—updated with 1,000 symbols and explanations—offers further insights. Dreaming about teeth, for instance, can indicate control issues, and dreaming of a zoo can indicate that the dreamer needs to tidy up some situation. Examining these concepts and more, this is the ultimate dreamer's companion.

Shakespeare's use of the supernatural in Hamlet and Macbeth

Author: Merissa Bartlett

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656609608

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 10

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Essay from the year 2013 in the subject English - History of Literature, Eras, grade: 80.00, Memorial University of Newfoundland, course: English 3200, language: English, abstract: Witchcraft and the supernatural has been a prevalent theme throughout theatre history, having many plays involving issues of witches, wizards, magic, ghosts, and other mysticisms. The world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, who wrote during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, was definitely no stranger to otherworldly premises. The ghost of the old king in Hamlet and the Weird Sisters in Macbeth are central to the plays’ plots, they are a major force in determining the two heroes’ actions, form the plays’ opening scenes, and they are an important element in establishing the plays’ atmosphere.

Classics and trash

traditions and taboos in high literature and popular modern genres

Author: Harriett Hawkins

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 219

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