marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Fantasy and Horror in Shakespeare

The Charmed Three of course -- Macbeth, The Tempest, and A Midsummer's Night Dream -- but they turned more toward the magic in the others.  (Once the panelists ridiculed the notion in the program description that he was anything like the first of them.)

The sleeping potion that makes you sleep like death and wake up safely.  The statue scene in A Winter's Tales -- the oracle, of course, makes it fantasy, but what people remember is the fakery of the statue scene -- partly, no doubt, because of its mythic structure, the revival of spring.  Whether Twelfth Night makes sense taking the characters at face value

For horror, of course, there's Titus Andronicus.

Some suggestions for other authors were thrown about.  Alas, I remember only that I recommended A Midsummer's Tempest, and Prospero Lost, Prospero In Hell, and Prospero Regained.
Tags: arisia, genre: fantasy, plot devices, sensawunda, william shakespeare, world-building: magic (other)

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