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Transcript of Drama
So, what does Drama mean ?
Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance
Ancient Greek Drama
5th C- 14th C
Types of Drama:
“A tragedy, then, is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; in language with pleasurable accessories, each kind brought in separately in the parts of the work; in a dramatic, not in a narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.”
"the aim of a comedy drama is to underscore human follies and foolishness in a hilarious way"
"humorous but with serious content."
Whats the different between drama and other genre of literature ?
3. What is performed.
Plato Vs. Aristotle
Four Qualities of Greek Drama
Performed for special occasions
Competitive -- prizes awarded.
Closely associated with religion.
Athens had four festivals worshiping Dionysus ;god of wine, fertility, rebirth.
The Greek Tragedy:
Late point of attack
Violence and death offstage (Decorum).
Frequent use of messengers to relate information.
Unity of time, place and action.
Stories based on myth or history, but varied interpretations of events
Functions of the chorus:
an agent: gives advice, asks.
reacts as playwright hopes audience would.
sets mood and heightens dramatic effects.
rhythmical function - pauses / paces the action so that the audience can reflect.
The tragic hero according to Aristotle:
good and great man.
has a tragic flaw.
this tragic flaw is psychological.
this tragic flaw leads to his downfall.
evokes catharsis in the audience.
the difference between Greek drama and Roman drama:
Violence and sex depicted literally (Heliogabalus, ruled 218-222 A.D., ordered realistic sex)
Scoffed at Christianity.