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?
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Today’s mystery is from one of Shakespeare’s tragedies. Can you guess which play?
“Love’s heralds should be thoughts,
Which ten times faster glide than the sun’s beams,
Driving back shadows over low’ring hills.”
Bonus: Can you tell me who says this line?
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Our Kids’ Camp actors are rehearsing their performance of The Tempest.
What differences are there between these two Waterhouse paintings of Miranda?
Which lines in the play do you think the images best express?
Miranda, 1875, John William Waterhouse
Miranda, a character in The Tempest, a play by William Shakespeare; 1916;
John William Waterhouse
From which plays do these “Monday Mysteries” come?
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I will prophesy he comes to tell me of the players. Mark it. –
You say right, sir; a Monday morning, twas so indeed.
As, for proof now, a purse of gold most resolutely snatched on Monday night and most dissolutely spent on Tuesday morning…
‘That I believe,’ said she, ‘for he swore a thing to me on Monday night, which he foreswore on Tuesday morning; there’s a double tongue; there’s two tongues.’
Monday! ha, ha! Well, Wednesday is too soon,
O’ Thursday let it be: o’ Thursday tell her,
She shall be married to this noble earl.
Good morning everyone. I absolutely love Shakespeare’s History Plays, and after watching the fantastic BBC series – The Hollow Crown over the weekend, I wanted to make this week’s Monday Mystery about the Histories!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
From what History Play does this famous line come from?
Image: Public domain Clip Art –
By Linda Nicoll