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Tragedy and Chorus Lecture
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Greek plays were presented twice a year for the citizens of Athens in the
fifth century B.C. during religious occasions.
is defined as the representation of serious and important actions that lead to a disastrous end for the protagonist. Tragic heroes move the reader to pity because their misfortunes are greater than they deserve, because they are not evil, having committed the fateful deed or deeds unwillingly and involuntarily.
beginning part to ending part
this is a preparatory scene, background information is given to the audience
this is the song for the entrance of the chorus
many, these are like acts and scenes, each one separated by danced choral songs
this is the last scene where the characters and chorus conclude the action and depart the stage
is defined as "outrageous behavior" involving deliberate transgressions against moral or divine law. This is also known as "excessive pride."
Oedipus The King is defined as a
worn by those on stage. The masks had exaggerated mouthpieces so audience members could hear what people said. The masks covered an actor's entire head. Keep in mind that audience members needed to both see and hear the actor.
high, thick-soled elevator shoes that made the members of the Chorus appear taller than ordinary men.
People on stage
no more than 3 actors were allowed on the stage at one time, along with a chorus of 15 members. Side note: Sophocles raised the number of chorus members from 12 to 15.
: The stage was bare with a few key props. The main focus was on the actors (their costumes, masks, actions).
Performances were held during the day because
of the need for lighting. Remember: this was before indoor lighting. Actors and patrons had to be able to see.
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