Tuesday, November 11, 2008
During Shakespeare's time, playwrights could not rely only on the physical stage, but had to use scripts and narration to convey details about the plays setting. The plain Elizabethan Playhouse required audience members to imagine scenes for themselves. Shakespeare was skilled in using the few things the stage had including the trap door, music, the pillars, and certain other special effects to show scenes like the majestic, royal castle. Forests and private rooms also had to be recreated in the script and shown with effects. Even the events such as, the disappearing and reappearing ghost in Hamlet was done via the hidden trap door. Characters also have to add blatant comments about the scenes to show the transition. In conclusion, play writers must use scripts, dramatic special effects, and narration in order to get the audience to visualize the plays setting.