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Drama in which a major character undergoes a loss but also achieves illumination or a new perspecitve.
Ode or song sung or chanted and also danced by large choruses at the festivals.
Week-long festival in March-April that started to include tragedies during 6th Century B.C.E.
Arrogant pride, insolence, and/or comtemptuous violence that dominated the mythical heroes to show that they were human. Used in destructive actions such as deceit, subterfuge, lying, betrayal, revenge, murder, suicide, patricide, infanticide, and self-mutilation.
Hybris (or Hubris)
The three greatest Athenian tragic playwrights
Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides
How many great plays still exist?
Purgation of pity and fear that is the end or goal of the tragedy.
Tragic plot that is a representation of life.
Scene of suffering that is caused by those within a royal household or family to arouse fear and pity.
Shortcomings that make the protagonist human to make the person reflect ourselves.
Hamartia (tragic flaw)
A situation that forces the tragic protagonist to make a difficult choice. "Lose-lose" situation.
Tragic Dilemma
Main actors wore identifying costumes with masks to distinguish them from the lightly-clad chorus. Buskins were used for actors to make them taller.
Greek costumes
Writer and choral leader that was traditionally the first actor
A boisterous burlesque.
Tragedies, comedies, or historical plays that sometimes featured abstract and allegorical characters and provided opportunities for both music and farcical action.
Tudor Interlude
Emphasis on funny remarks and outrageous circumstances; complications develop from situation and plot rather than from character.
Low comedy
Comic attack on foolishness and/or viciousness. Playwright assumes the perspective of a rational and moderate observer measuring human life against a moderate norm that is represented by high and serious characters.
Satiric comedy
Problems and complications are more closely related to character than to situation where teh characters learn enough to accept adjustments and changes in their lives.
High comedy
Examines and satirizes attitudes and customs in the light of high intellectual and moral standards. Characters measured according to linguistic and intellectual powers.
Comedy of manners
Broadly comic drama with recurring characters with consistent names and characteristics.
Commedia dell'arte