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.

William Shakespeare's Use of the Supernatural in Richard III

Author: N.A

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668693196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 6

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Essay from the year 2014 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Passau, course: Proseminar: Shakespeare's History Plays: Richard II, Henry V and Richard III, language: English, abstract: The focus of the essay lies on the investigation of three specific examples how William Shakespeare uses supernatural elements like dreams or ghosts in his Historic Play King Richard III, in order to learn how they influence the play structurally and psychologically.

Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England

Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and Drama

Author: Kristen Poole

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139497650

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Bringing together recent scholarship on religion and the spatial imagination, Kristen Poole examines how changing religious beliefs and transforming conceptions of space were mutually informative in the decades around 1600. Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England explores a series of cultural spaces that focused attention on interactions between the human and the demonic or divine: the deathbed, purgatory, demonic contracts and their spatial surround, Reformation cosmologies and a landscape newly subject to cartographic surveying. It examines the seemingly incongruous coexistence of traditional religious beliefs and new mathematical, geometrical ways of perceiving the environment. Arguing that the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century stage dramatized the phenomenological tension that resulted from this uneasy confluence, this groundbreaking study considers the complex nature of supernatural environments in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare's Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth and The Tempest.

Revelation in Shakespeare

a study of the supernatural, religious and spiritual elements in his art

Author: Robert William Sigismund Mendl

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

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Scare Quotes from Shakespeare

Marx, Keynes, and the Language of Reenchantment

Author: Martin Harries

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804736213

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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This book argues that moments of allusion to the supernatural in Shakespeare are occasions where Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes register the perseverance of haunted structures in modern culture. This "reenchantment," at the heart of modernity and of literary and political works central to our understanding of modernity, is the focus of this book. The author shows that allusion to supernatural moments in Shakespeare ("scare quotes") allows writers to both acknowledge and distance themselves from the supernatural phenomena that challenge their disenchanted understanding of the social world. He also uses these modern appropriations of Shakespeare as provocations to reread some of his works, notably Hamlet and Macbeth. Two pairs of linked chapters form the center of the book. One pair joins a reading of Marx, concentrating on The Eighteenth Brumaire, to Hamlet; the other links a reading of Keynes, focusing on The Economic Consequences of the Peace, to Macbeth. The chapters on Marx and Keynes trace some of the strange circuits of supernatural rhetoric in their work, Marx's use of ghosts and Keynes's fascination with witchcraft. The sequence linking Marx to Hamlet, for example, has as its anchor the Frankfurt School's concept of the phantasmagoria, the notion that it is in the most archaic that one encounters the figure of the new. Looking closely at Marx's association of the Ghost in Hamlet with the coming revolution in turn illuminates Hamlet's association of the Ghost with the supernatural beings many believed haunted mines. An opening chapter discusses Henry Dircks, a nineteenth-century English inventor who developed—and then lost his claim to—a phantasmagoria or machine to project ghosts on stage. Dircks resorted to magical rhetoric in response to his loss, which is emblematic for the book as a whole, charting ways the scare quote can, paradoxically, continue the work of enlightenment.

Das "supernatural element" in Shakespeares "Macbeth" und Marowitz' "A Macbeth"

Author: Ralf Hartmann

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668147205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 23

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 1997 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,0, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Institut für englische Philologie), Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar: Charles Marowitz: Shakespeare im modernen Drama, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit will versuchen, die jeweilige Gestaltung des supernatural element in den beiden Macbeth-Dramen von William Shakespeare und Charles Marowitz zu vergleichen. Anders als manche Regisseure des Macbeth, die die Hexenszenen als überflüssig erachteten und deshalb kurzerhand strichen, hat Marowitz sie durchaus beibehalten, wenngleich er Veränderungen vornahm. Zudem wird deutlich werden, dass Marowitz in seiner modernen Version nicht die Erkenntnisse unserer Zeit berücksichtigt, sondern dass er in seiner Darstellung des Übernatürlichen auf sehr archaische Vorstellungen zurückgreift, die sich unter anderem auch in Shakespeares wichtigster Quelle für Macbeth, Raphael Holinsheds Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland aus dem Jahr 1577, finden.

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.

Shakespeare and the Supernatural

Author: Margaret Lucy

Publisher: Read Books Ltd

ISBN: 1447489535

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 36

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

The Ghosts in Shakespeare

Author: L. W. Rogers

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

ISBN: 9781564594976

Category: Drama

Page: 185

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The philosophy, the poetry, the artistry of the Shakespeare plays has, for generations, been the subject of almost universal praise, and again and again the critics have pronounced the author the greatest genius of the race. It becomes a matter of interest to know what so great a soul thinks upon any subject. When he put ghosts and fairies in the plays did he do it to secure dramatic and artistic effects or did he intend them to be a faithful interpretation of the truths of nature? It is for the purpose of arriving at the real intention of the great dramatist that the following pages have been written. Contents: Hamlet; Macbeth; Tragedy of King Richard III; Julius Caesar; Troilus and Cressida; Winter's Tale; Soothsayers and Prophecies; Astrology; Ceremonial Magic; Joan of Arc; The Fairies; Dreams; Premonitions.

Enchantment and Dis-enchantment in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Wonder, the Sacred, and the Supernatural

Author: Nandini Das,Nick Davis

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317290682

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 194

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This volume addresses dealings with the wondrous, magical, holy, sacred, sainted, numinous, uncanny, auratic, and sacral in the plays of Shakespeare and contemporaries, produced in an era often associated with the irresistible rise of a thinned-out secular rationalism. By starting from the literary text and looking outwards to social, cultural, and historical aspects, it comes to grips with the instabilities of ‘enchanted’ and ‘disenchanted’ practices of thinking and knowledge-making in the early modern period. If what marvelously stands apart from conceptions of the world’s ordinary functioning might be said to be ‘enchanted’, is the enchantedness weakened, empowered, or modally altered by its translation to theatre? We have a received historical narrative of disenchantment as a large-scale early modern cultural process, inexorable in character, consisting of the substitution of a rationally understood and controllable world for one containing substantial areas of mystery. Early modern cultural change, however, involves transpositions, recreations, or fresh inventions of the enchanted, and not only its replacement in diminished or denatured form. This collection is centrally concerned with what happens in theatre, as a medium which can give power to experiences of wonder as well as circumscribe and curtail them, addressing plays written for the popular stage that contribute to and reflect significant contemporary reorientations of vision, awareness, and cognitive practice. The volume uses the idea of dis-enchantment/re-enchantment as a central hub to bring multiple perspectives to bear on early modern conceptualizations and theatricalizations of wonder, the sacred, and the supernatural from different vantage points, marking a significant contribution to studies of magic, witchcraft, enchantment, and natural philosophy in Shakespeare and early modern drama.