Since we are getting so close to Halloween, we thought that today would be an appropriate time to celebrate some of the spookiest characters in Shakespeare’s plays… Ghosts!
Ghosts commonly show up in Shakespeare’s plays to warn characters of their impending doom, seek revenge, or offer a prophecy. They have appeared in several of Shakespeare’s plays, most famously in Hamlet and Macbeth, two of our upcoming main stage productions!
Hamlet’s father comes back to get Hamlet to avenge him for the crime that his uncle has committed.
If thou hast nature in thee, bear it not.
Let not the royal bed of Denmark be
A couch for luxury and damnèd incest.
But howsoever thou pursuest this act,
Taint not thy mind, nor let thy soul contrive
Against thy mother aught. Leave her to heaven
And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge
To prick and sting her.
Banquo comes back to haunt Macbeth during a banquet, torturing him about his recent decision to murder.
(seeing the GHOST) Avaunt, and quit my sight! Let the earth hide thee.
Thy bones are marrowless, thy blood is cold.
Thou hast no speculation in those eyes
Which thou dost glare with!
Ghosts are also featured in Julius Caesar, Cymbeline and in Richard III. What are some other ghosts from history, plays, movies, or television that you can think of? Leave a comment and let me know! Personally, I will also have a soft spot in my heart for this classic:
Enjoy your day!