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

A Comparison

Author: Jonas Heidger

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668345864

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 11

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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

View: 4848

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.

Twelfth Night

Author: Edited by W. Turner

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 9788121906890

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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shakespeare's stories.


Author: Edited by W. Turner

Publisher: S. Chand Publishing

ISBN: 8121910986

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 212

View: 2877

Great Stories in Easy English


Ein Roman von der bizarren Scheibenwelt

Author: Terry Pratchett

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492972268

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 4078

Nachdem er den König erdolcht hat, besteigt der finstere Herzog Felmet gemeinsam mit seiner unausstehlichen Gattin den Thron. Der wahre Thronerbe, ein zweijähriger Junge, wurde indes von fahrenden Schauspielern adoptiert. Nur ein unschlagbares Team kann jetzt noch helfen: der Geist des Königs, Gevatter Tod und Oma Wetterwachs mit ihren hexenden Freundinnen. Gemeinsam ersinnen sie einen unglaublichen Plan, der selbst Shakespeares Macbeth das Fürchten und Lachen zugleich lehren würde...

The Dream Encyclopedia

Author: James R Lewis,Evelyn Dorothy Oliver

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 1578592712

Category: Self-Help

Page: 432

View: 5207

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.

Classics and trash

traditions and taboos in high literature and popular modern genres

Author: Harriett Hawkins

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 219

View: 3557


Witchcraft and the Act of 1604

Author: John Newton,Jo Bath

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004165282

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 5846

This volume examines both the events that shaped the Jacobean Witchcraft Act, and its subsequent impact on the culture and society of seventeenth-century England until its repeal in 1736.

Shakespeare and the Mystery of God's Judgments

Author: Robert G. Hunter

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820338540

Category: Religion

Page: 216

View: 865

Robert G. Hunter maintains that the impact of the Protestant Reformation on the Elizabethan mind was in great part responsible for the emergence of the outstanding tragedies of the age. Luther and Calvin caused men to ask how God can be just if man is not free, and Shakespeare's greatest tragedies confront the vexing problems posed by these altered conceptions of man's freedom of will and God's providential control of natural circumstance. Shakespeare's audiences were not single-minded. He wrote for semi-Pelagians, Augustinians, Calvinists, and men and women who did not know what to think. Confl icting certainties, doubts, and uncertainties were his raw material, both within his mind and the minds of the audience. Hunter shows how Shakespeare uses the major attitudes toward God's judgment in creating Richard III, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and King Lear. He notes that Shakespeare's different viewpoints are the heart of the tragedies themselves. Even after Shakespeare's imaginative considerations of the mysteries, the tragedies seem to consistently provide questions rather than answers, and what they inspire in their beholders is more likely to be doubt than faith.

Nineteenth-century Literature Criticism

Author: Laurie Lanzen Harris

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literature, Modern

Page: N.A

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Excerpts from criticism of the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers who lived between 1800 and 1900, from the first published critical appraisals to current evaluations.


A Critical and Contemporary Review of Shakesperian Literature

Author: Charlotte Endymion Porter

Publisher: N.A



Page: 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.