Shakepeare’s Ghosts and Goblins

For the effect of sensationalism, [amazon_link id=”0199267170″ target=”_blank” ]William Shakespeare [/amazon_link]frequently used ghosts in his plays. Some have speaking lines such as old King Hamlet in [amazon_link id=”074347712X” target=”_blank” ]Hamlet[/amazon_link], Banquo in [amazon_link id=”B002B72QAC” target=”_blank” ]Macbeth[/amazon_link], and Julius Caesar in [amazon_link id=”0743484932″ target=”_blank” ]Julius Caesar[/amazon_link]. There are also 11 “ghostly” characters seen in several other Shakespearian plays that are mentioned in the stage directions yet have no lines and play no part in the action.[amazon_link id=”0199540535″ target=”_blank” ]The Spanish Tragedy [/amazon_link]by Thomas Kyd was published approximately 15 years before Hamlet and is considered the first of the [amazon_link id=”0967912156″ target=”_blank” ]Elizabethan Revenge Tragedy [/amazon_link]genre. Some scholars believe that this play was a major influence on Shakespeare when he wrote Hamlet. Both plays have speaking ghosts, reluctant heroes, and many characters who are murdered.

Today, some may remember the 1968 television show [amazon_link id=”0899683959″ target=”_blank” ]The Ghost & Mrs. Muir [/amazon_link]based on the 1947 film of the same name, the 1984 movie [amazon_link id=”B0009RCPY8″ target=”_blank” ]Ghostbusters [/amazon_link]or the cartoon [amazon_link id=”B0000AK7AA” target=”_blank” ]Casper, the Friendly Ghost [/amazon_link]that was first broadcast in 1945 adapted from a 1939 children’s storybook.

Why do you think ghosts and goblins have played such an important role in literature and story-telling even as early as the [amazon_link id=”B000UUX2IC” target=”_blank” ]Middle Ages[/amazon_link]?


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