Observe the elements that Shakespeare plays have in common with the mystery plays, moralities and interludes Observe the elements that Shakespeare plays have in common with the mystery plays,...

Observe the elements that Shakespeare plays have in common with the mystery plays, moralities and interludes 

Observe the elements that Shakespeare plays have in common with the mystery plays, moralities and interludes 

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One common element could be the use of dramatic suspense, when the audience knows something that the characters do not.  Shakespeare used this frequently to build suspense, like in Hamlet, when the audience knows that Polonius is hiding behind the curtain, eavesdropping on the Queen and Hamlet's conversation.