Monday Mystery!

For today’s post, I wanted to ask you which of Shakespeare’s plays are mysteries? My research proved to be quite fascinating!

Today, if we were to say “mystery play”, we would use it to describe a play in which there is something to be solved by both the characters in the play and the audience. In Shakespeare’s time, mystery plays evolved from the principal kinds of vernacular drama in Europe during the Middle Ages, representing biblical subjects such as the Creation, Adam and Eve, and the Last Judgment (1). “Mystery” was used to describe things of a mystical or religious nature (2), and is derived from a sense of miracle (3).

With this insight, which of Shakespeare’s plays would you consider to be mysteries, and why?

Sources

1.  http://www.britannica.com/shakespeare/article-9054573

2. http://www.oed.com/view/Entry/124644?rskey=Stb5D5&result=1#eid35211651

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_play

Posted by Tiffany Chan

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