Comedy Research Paper

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Drama is one of the three major literary genres, besides prose and poetry, and while it can contain both other generic forms, it fundamentally differs from both. Mostly because drama, in the broadest sense, is a work of art meant to be performed on stage. So, we can say that drama is a performative genre, both communal (created by the play-going society, a community of theatre-makers and playwrights) as well as time and space-specific. I will compare between Drama and Comedy.

Firstly, we will start with a definition, Drama is a play in a theatre or on television or radio, or plays and acting generally but, Comedy is a (type of) film, play, or book that is intentionally funny either in its characters or its action.

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It is a drama chiefly written to amuse its audience, with characters mostly taken from everyday life, (as opposed to tragedy, where they are superior to us in character or social standing) and a plot usually ending happily. In the Middle Ages this term simply meant a story ending in happiness (e.g.: Dante’s La Divina Commedia), and was seen as the complementary of tragedies, (in a narrative tragedy the hero: “from wealth [is] fallen to wretchedness,” while in a narrative comedy climbs from wretchedness to wealth/happiness), the two together making up the wheel of fortune, a major symbol of human …show more content…
First Extraordinary Characters such as, Heroes and heroines from most important dramatic works of the past. For examples, Kings, Queens, and Military officials. Also playwrights go one step further; also show these characters at their best or worst or some extreme of human behavior. For many years, extraordinary characters were mostly those of high birth. In the 18th century, ordinary people became heroes and heroines of drama--a reflection of what was occurring in the real world. Second Representative or Quintessential Characters Such as Replace kings and queens, Typical or ordinary, not an extreme like worst or best and Embody an entire group. For instance, Willy Loman (all salesmen) and Nora Helmer (all oppressed women). Third Stock Characters, not fully rounded and Exemplify one particular characteristic to exclusion of everything else. The Most famous examples in commedia dell'arte is 16th and 17th century Italy, No script; just scenario and Characters divided into servants or ruling class. In every character, one particular feature or trait was stressed. Always wear same costume and has same propensities. Also, for more modern example found in melodrama are Hero, Villain and Heroine. There are Still more recent examples found on television, Married With Children and All in the Family. The other types are Characters with a Dominant Trait, Minor Characters and A Narrator or Chorus. It is a Special type

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