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ISSN : 1226-4946(Print)
ISSN : 2288-5412(Online)
The Yeats Journal of Korea Vol.72 pp.83-100

The Ghost as a Literary Device in the Plays of Yeats and Shakespeare

Beau La Rhee


This paper explores the use of the ghost as a literary device in the plays of Yeats and Shakespeare to appreciate their different attitudes and goals. The typical trait in Shakespeare’s ghost plays is that the characters haunted by ghosts are mostly the guilty ones who committed a sin. Shakespeare’s use of the ghost is to reveal much about a character’s psychology, which leads to an empathetic reaction from the audience whereas Yeats’s does not necessarily achieve this as he had a different aim. Yeats must use the supernatural agent differently because he intends to make it more prominent than the characters who encounter it. Yeats had his own value as a dramatist.





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