Get ready to take notes! Organization of Society Rights and Responsibilities of Individuals Material Well-Being Spiritual and Psychological Well-Being
Ancient - Little social mobility. Social status, marital partners, and occupations are chosen by or inherited from parents and therefore determined at birth Modern Social status dependent on wealth, which is the reward for achievement valued by others. Therefore
social status, marital partners, and occupations for most people are not determined at birth Ancient Few or no rights and not much concern for them. Concern is for responsibility to relatives, communities, overlords, or kings.
Modern . . . the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Ancient Nobility uses wealth to maintain power and insulate themselves from such misfortunes as famine and plague. In addition, the authority of kings is bolstered by the role of religious traditions to
discourage such threatening enterprises as science, technology, and trade (Creates a new social class) Modern A world of merchants, bankers, lawyers, doctors, scientists, and technicians. Ancient Little freedom but psychological
comfort Modern Pursues his own material happiness but often at the expense of his psychological and spiritual well-being The modern world is the only world in which ordinary individuals have ever assumed they all had the right to pursue their own happiness. Problem is this pursuit has robbed modern man of his sense of identity, purpose, security, worth, and place.
Perfect definitions and an airtight system of classification are impossible It is unnecessary that we classify each play we
read or see The quality of experience furnished by a play may be partially dependent on our perception of its relationship to earlier literary forms, and therefore familiarity with traditional notions of tragedy and comedy is important for our understanding and appreciation of plays Whether or not tragedy and comedy be taken as the two all-inclusive dramatic modes, they are certainly, as symbolized by the masks, the two principal ones
A literary tragedy presents courageous individuals who confront powerful forces within or outside themselves with a dignity that reveals the breadth and depth of the human spirit in the face of failure, defeat, and even death The term Aristotle described as some
error or frailty that brings about the protagonists misfortune is hamartia. This word has been frequently interpreted to mean that the protagonists fall is the result of an internal tragic flaw, such as an excess in pride, ambition, passion, or some other character trait that leads to disaster. Maybe better to translate the word to mean mistake. The protagonist will mistakenly bring about his own downfall,
not because he is sinful or morally weak, but because he does not know enough. The point when the heros fortunes turn in an unexpected direction. Typically, a self-destructive action taken in blindness that leads to a diametrically opposed result from what was intended
The protagonist recognizes the consequences of his actions moves from ignorance to knowledge Aristotle described catharsis as a purgation of the emotions of pity and fear. We are faced with the protagonists misfortune, which often seems out of proportion to his or her actions, and so we
are likely to feel compassionate pity. Simultaneously, we may experience fear because the failure of the protagonist, who is so great in stature and power, is a frightening reminder of our own vulnerabilities.
The tragic hero is a man of noble stature The tragic hero is good, though not perfect, and his fall results from his committing an act of injustice (hamartia) either through ignorance or from a conviction that some greater good will be served The heros downfall, therefore, is his own fault, the result of his own free choice not the result of
pure accident or villainy or some overriding malignant fate The heros misfortune is not wholly deserved the punishment exceeds the crime The tragic fall is not pure loss. Though it may result in the protagonists death, it involves, before death, some increase in awareness, some gain in self-knowledge Though it arouses the emotions of pity and fear, when performed well, the audience should achieve a sense of emotional release, a catharsis, at the end of the play Because comedy exposes human folly, its
function is partly critical and corrective. Where tragedy challenges us with a vision of human possibility, comedy reveals to us a spectacle of human ridiculousness. HIGH FARCE
LOW Lowest form of humor Evokes the loudest, longest laughter
Relies on the body and physical mishaps Bathroom humor Slapstick Tripping, falling Any bodily function Characters are controlled by situations they seem to have no control Relies on plot devices:
Misunderstandings Mistaken identities Coincidences Mistiming Relies on a skillful use of language verbal wit
Two Types: Comedy of Manners Comedy of Ideas
Tragedy emphasizes human greatness Comedy delineates human weakness Tragedy celebrates human freedom Comedy points up human limitations Tragedy: What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! - Hamlet Comedy: Lord, what fools these mortals be! Puck
Theatron viewing place Skene tent buiding directly behind the stage Parodos Passageway chorus Orchestra
dancing space Proskenion space in front of the skene
Machiavel: marked by cunning, duplicity, or bad faith Xenophobe: one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin Misogynist: a hatred of women Pragmatist: a practical approach to problems and affairs Regicide: the crime of killing a king or queen Infanticide: the act of killing a baby Patricide: the act of murdering your own father
Fratricide: the crime of murdering your own brother or sister
Husband v. wife Moderation v. excess Concubine v. Wife Barbaric v. Civilized Revenge v. Justice Man v. woman Alien v. native-born citizen society v. women Bravery v. cowardice Indirect violence v. direct violence
Literary devices Elements of Tragedy Characterization Lines dealing with the central conflicts Confusing and defined terms
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