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34 Cards in this Set

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The theatre of Sophocles

Key Elements
Ancient Greece, outdoors, civic rutual purpose,citizens only attend,chorus, poetic verse, music and dance, 1-2 actors all male
THe theatre of Shakespear

Key Elemets
-Elizabethan London
Rody audience of mixed class
Entertaining and money making
male actors, poetic verse, little scenery, big costumes, thrust stage
THe Theatre of Moliere

Key Elements
Louis France, indoor, aristocrate and royal audience, scenery, luminated with flames,Prosenium stage, middle class, audience sits in dark
The Contemporary Theatre of Today
Eclectic mixture of styles
International influence
Film influences
What are the three ways to analyze a play?
Form Convention and genre/style
The first actor
The Dithyramb; Dionysus
Ritual song of praise offered in honor of Dionysus-Still traces in Greek
The Festival of Dionysus
Where these Dithyramb were preformed
The Purpose of Tragedy

To purge0 done through pity and fear
What are the two elements of tragedy
Hubris-excessive pride

Hamartia- Error in judgement
The Tragic Action
The protagonist causes his/her own downfall as a concequence of working to achieve what could be a worth will objective
The Tragic Protagonist

"tragic hero"
Person of concequence
Strong will power
causes suffering for those around home
Accept responsibility for error, gains insight
The purpose of tragedy
To celebrate the human capacity to accomplish and endure
The melodramatic conflict is always a very simple one
Good v. Evil
The oldest dramtic form
The Purpose of Melodrama
is to comfort because its simple
good ppl are rewarded and bad ppl punished
The "hero" in melodrama
Hero= protagonist
villian= antagonist both srong willed and brace
Success of the lesser
The purpose of comedy as a "social corrective"
Gentle and indirect in its critique
recomends balance, avoidence of excess faith in future, emphasis on renewal and rebirth NOT ALL COMEDIES REVOKE LAUGHTER
and external manifestation of an internal excess of vital feeling
Tools of comedy
Repetition, Mistaken idenity, exaggeration, violence, scatology-dirty jokes, role reversal
The Greeks and comedy
1.old comedy, political social, and personal satire
2. New Comedy, Domestic Issues, Lovers
Slapstic humor, extremes of physical humor
Intellectual humor. Extremes of wit and mockery
"society's safety valve"
*comedy like melodrama supports its given social order
*Farce & satire, like tragedy, generally questionists
born dumb
deliberately makes a fool of themselves
others make him look stupid
often the central character in a farce not vicious, cource of fun
often central character in a satire, Dangerous
The popular theatre of the 19th century
age of actors and starts realism emerges
Karl Marx
focused onthe working class
Charles Darwin
-The Orgin of Species-survival of the fittest look @ society scientifically
Sigmund Freud
Interpretation of Dreams
Alber Einstein
Principle of Relativity
-truth shifts so theatre becomes more interest in questioning whats real