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The Tempest as Mystery Play: Uncovering Religious Sources of Shakespeare's Most Spiritual Work
     

The Tempest as Mystery Play: Uncovering Religious Sources of Shakespeare's Most Spiritual Work

by Grace R.W. Hall
 

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Comparison of Shakespeare’s works to their likely sources is one way to deepen our appreciation. Sources for The Tempest, however, have long eluded the grasp of scholars, who have unearthed only bits and pieces that resemble minor elements of the play. Few traces of the special qualities of The Tempest have turned up in any works so far

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Comparison of Shakespeare’s works to their likely sources is one way to deepen our appreciation. Sources for The Tempest, however, have long eluded the grasp of scholars, who have unearthed only bits and pieces that resemble minor elements of the play. Few traces of the special qualities of The Tempest have turned up in any works so far considered as sources.
This author is the first to identify a strong biblical basis for The Tempest. Further, she demonstrates that the play’s use of biblical imagery, characters, and concepts echo the way these elements were interpreted in the English Mystery Plays. Thus Hall is able to trace the links between The Tempest and the best known religious works of Elizabethan society: the Bible, the Mystery Plays, and the 1559 Book of Common Prayer. These links reveal The Tempest as a profoundly spiritual work, allowing the modern reader to experience the play as a harmonious religious vision.

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Finding what she believes to be the long-sought sources for Shakespeare's final play, Hall points out the biblical imagery, characters, and concepts and shows how they echo the way those elements were interpreted in the English Mystery Plays. She characterizes the play as a profoundly spiritual work and suggests modern readers experience it as a harmonious religious vision. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786493548
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
03/06/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Grace R.W. Hall is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Women’s League and editor of its newsletter and activities guide. She has contributed papers to seminars of the Shakespeare Association of America. She lives in Naples, Florida.

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