Supernatural elements in Shakespeare’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ There are many supernatural beings included among the characters of Shakespeare’s plays. The three distinct categories that usually are used to describe these beings are spirits, ghosts and gods. Between them are not included the fairies, one of the most noticeable and entertaining elements in “A Midsummer night’s dream”, even Shakespeare maybe would include the fairies in the category of gods, due to the fact that during the play they are making the humans get confused thanks to their powers. They do what they want and humans don’t realise that fairies are joking with them. Shakespeare probably changed the conception of the natural world that we had, attributed new features to fairies, and from beginning to end, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is filled with supernatural themes.
Compare how the writers present evil and villainy in Macbeth and the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The author of the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is called Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson’s novel adds some aspects of madness and mystery though mostly evil and villainy which was in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. These themes are the same in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In the beginning Macbeth was a good hero however he became overly ambition as a result of the three witches’ prophecy.
Jonathan Lee Eng 21a Parallel Worlds Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy to the two other great fantasy masterpieces, The Chronicles of Narnia which were written by C.S. Lewis. There are a great many similarities between these three books, and their authors, but there are also a few noticeable differences. C.S. Lewis presents a distinct religious view in his Chronicles of Narnia, while Tolkien creates his story focused less around religion, yet Pullman finds fault in both of them.
Even since before modern horror and scary movies, the charcters of horror filled our hearts with fear, our heads with imagination, and our bodies with adrenaline. They are scary, vile, and yet we can’t keep away from them. Supernatural characters is something that used to intrique people since the beginning of horror. They are something unexplainable, non-existing, yet interesting enough to keep our attention and raise our fear. Witches, vampires, werewolves, spirits- all human with a special power.
The supernatural themes especially portrayed in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Macbeth, show the complexities of the human mind and the conflict between good and evil. This theme and the idea of having two sides are in relation to the Victorian society in the context of when these novels were written. The novels together show how judgement can be impaired by ambition, greed, and intrigue and how in turn remorse or regret can be a result of listening to an influenced mind. There are many differences between these two novels but despite this there are also many features that when combined together support the common theme among them both, the duality of human nature. The context in which both novel and the play was written was a time of conflict between science and religion, the scientific revelation opposed the belief that God was the earth’s creator.
fiction or science fiction. Fiction is created from the imagination. Whilst A Christmas Carol does not fit neatly into a specific genre (as mentioned above) it is however widely regarded as a Morality Tale. However, because of aspects of its literary style, it may also be regarded as Gothic Fiction as it contains elements of mystery, the supernatural death and decay. TITLE A novel’s title can often be revealing for what it tells about itself.
Even though the three key themes are often discussed in criticism on the works of Ray Bradbury, fantasy and nostalgia receive the most attention in Sullivan’s and Linkfield’s article. In the latter article for example, he specifies his focus in ‘The fiction of Ray Bradbury: universal themes in Midwestern settings’ mostly by discussing the dangers which, according to Bradbury’s work, nostalgia entails. Anita T. Sullivan on the other hand argues in ‘Ray Bradbury and Fantasy’ that nostalgia expands the reader’s spirits and provides the possibility to escape real life. Although they clearly have different opinions on nostalgia, they both argue that his work contains fantasy elements which can be linked to his childhood. The short story A Sound of Thunder demonstrates Linkfield’s belief that Bradbury had the intention to highlight the negative side of escapism as a warning for human beings although Sullivan considers nostalgia as a positive escape from the Primary world.
Everyone has a slightly different interpretation of the supernatural but the interpretation which we can start with is Shakespeare’s. Everyone of Shakespeare’s time found the supernatural fascinating. Shakespeare interpreted the supernatural as witches, magic, unnatural and evil and he expressed his beliefs in the play, “Macbeth” very clearly, as he portrayed the three deformed women with control over the weather and the ability to predict the future. These three evil witches with magical powers were the creation of Shakespeare’s interpretation of the supernatural. Shakespeare’s contemporaries believed in the supernatural very strongly and a majority of them were frightened of it, including the king of that time, King James I of England.
It is a humorous story because one would not think that an office truly runs on the system illustrated in the story. When in truth this is what reality has come to, a circus. The author introduces the story with a skewed sense of humor. He is trying to mock the system by setting up a list of rules that must be abided by or else “you may be let go”(484). “Orientation” meets the criteria for Goldwag’s rule of postmodern fiction story telling due to the way the character contradicts himself within the same sentence, “ This is your phone.
Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me.” (Page 20, line 18). This supports the idea about him being mad and therefore an unreliable narrator - we don’t know whether the story is true or not. Edgar Allan Poe has chosen this retrospective point of view, because he wants the reader to experience the working of the human mind - the working of a madman. This wouldn’t be possible if the story was told in present tense.