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  • Essay On Ancient Greek Theatre

    Theatre, a dramatic art, was founded in modern-day Europe’s own Ancient Greece. Ancient Greece was an extremely influential civilization that lasted from 750 – 146 B.C.E. (“Time Periods”). Settled on the mountainous Balkan Peninsula, this civilization was the birthplace of large advancements in governmental, healthcare, philosophical, and especially artistic ideas that have lasted through generations, affecting us to this very day. Theatre is one of the many Greek creations that is still revered in our society today. Ancient Greece was a polytheistic society, believing in many gods and goddesses. One of those deities was Dionysus. Dionysus was the god of wine, vegetation, pleasure, festivity, madness, and wild frenzy. He had a very strong following for a more minor god. His devotees, referred to as Dionysians, would celebrate and worship him using cult ceremonies that idolized his interests. At these gatherings, the women would dance themselves silly. Another prominent symbol of Dionysians was the thyrsus (“History of Theatre”). This was a staff with a pine cone on the tip. While carrying this, the devotees would slaughter and ingest raw animal…

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  • Aeschylus: The First Legendary Ancient Greek Theatre

    The first European dramatist Aeschylus is one of three legendary ancient Greek writers, who specialize in Greek tragedy. Joining him are legend’s Sophocles and Euripides. These men framed what societies called theater into what is it today by reconstructing the ways Greeks viewed theater. Aeschylus essentially learned to express the meaning of his plays through experience and creativity. He was a man who’s main purpose was to produce the correlation of man and the many gods the Greek’s believed…

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  • A Comparison Of Tragedy In Much Ado About Nothing And Richard III

    Questions 1: Of the plays we have read this term, Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III had interesting plot points outside of their respective genres. The first play is categorized as a comedy because of the nature of the plot and the happy conclusion. Despite the cheerful nature of the start of the play, there is a secret plot to ruin Claudio and Hero’s love that could have turned the final act into the ending of Othello. The other play, Richard III, is considered a history because it…

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  • Tragic Hero In Antigone

    Heroes come in various shapes and forms. Some as strong and powerful as Superman, some who changed and defied society such as Dr. Martin Luther King, and some that only heroes to a few such as a family relative or celebrity. In Sophocles’ Antigone, the debate of who the actual tragic hero is has been discussed for quite some time. It is very unlikely for there to be more than one tragic character in a Greek tragedy. Creon, the other main character in the play has some of the traits that make up…

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  • Role Of Humanism In Macbeth

    It focused on the proper study of mankind. With the revival of old Greek world and its spirit of human dignity made its impact on the Western world. Humanism provides the opportunity to the writers to gaze inward and became deeply interested in the problems of Human personality. The other aspect of the Humanism is that man is responsible for his acts as Casius says to Brutus in Julius Caesar: The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings. Shakespeare is…

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  • Comedy Research Paper

    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…

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  • Musical Theater Analysis

    Musical theatre is a type of art where a performance is completed by integrating various types of artistic activities, such as; dancing, singing, acting, and usually accompanied by musical instruments or any device that can produce sounds. Knowing Jakarta is a very diverse city, we have numerous types of arts and cultures that can be shown through musical theatre, we have more than enough resources to make this industry work. Through each individual activities has their benefits to those who…

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  • Creation Of Polykleitos Doryphoros Vs. Donatello's David

    Despite nearly 2000 years separating the creation of Polykleitos’s Doryphoros and Donatello’s David, the two sculptures shared astonishingly similar features, yet both remained true to the stylistic characteristics of their respective time periods. These artists incorporated both predictable and cutting edge ideas into their works. Doryphoros, also known as the Spear Bearer, was a marble reinvention of Polykleitos’s original bronze sculpture circa 450 - 440 BCE. Most ancient Greek statues were…

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  • Aristotle: The Five Characteristics Of A Tragic Hero

    According to Ancient Greeks, a tragic hero is a protagonist with a fatal flaw. Because of this fatal flaw, the suffer through a downfall and it eventually leads them to their demise. Aristotle, who was a great philosopher of Ancient Greece, had a lot to say about and had a certain perspective of a tragic hero. He believed that they must have the five characteristics in order to truly be a tragic hero. The five characteristics are basically known as “Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero.” The…

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  • A View From The Bridge Greek Tragedy Analysis

    In a View From the Bridge, Miller tries to create a modern age greek tragedy. A greek tragedy is defined as a play in which the protagonist, usually a man of importance and outstanding personal qualities, falls to disaster through the combination of a personal failing and circumstances which he cannot deal. Miller portrays this through the character of Eddie who is understandably the ‘man of importance’ at least within his household. The character of Eddie also ’falls to disaster’ at the end of…

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