by Marie Dasteel
Sophia Jacoub, Westview High School
Modified by Rhonda Beach, LeMars Community High School
Several of William Shakespear's plays including "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Macbeth", and "Hamlet" deal with the supernatural. In order to achieve better understanding of Shakespear's influences, it is important to take a look at the history and events taking place in the 16th century. Students will work in groups to research these various apsects.
Do you believe in
ghosts? Do you believe that a spirit can remain on Earth to settle
unfinished business? During the Elizabethan Period there was an increased
interest in ghosts and the supernatural. The play Hamlet features
Shakespeare’s famous literary ghost. Yet these spirits did not only
exist in plays and stories. Increased scientific curiosity and the
Renaissance sparked an interest in the supernatural including ghosts,
witchcraft, and superstitions. It was believed that a ghost was a
person’s soul who died of terrible circumstances and therefore returned to the
place associated with his/her life. Often times, this was a castle.