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Week #3 Romantic Drama (Tragedy) ME


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The Decembrist Revolt of 1825
The revolt was attempted by Imperial Russia by army officers who led about 3,000 Russian soldiers on December 14, 1825. Because these events occurred in December, the rebels were called the Decembrists. Alexander Pushkin was affected because his friend was among those who were killed in the revolt.
Closet drama (lesedrama)
Is a piece that was written in a play format but was never meant to be performed!
Alexander Pushkin 5pts
-National Poet
-Family roots in Ethiopia
-Founder of modern Russian Theater
-First to create Russian literacy language (common everyday Russian Language)
Give two readings (hero/villain, protagonist/antagonist) of the same character from any two "little tragedies".
Mozart was seen to be a villain as he was against the natural order of what music has meant for Salieri, like Mozart was an unsecured anomaly to music, this was related to Pushkin as it reflected his life in terms of having to practice at what he was doing. Another, Baron was seen to be a villain as he had his collection of money to be a reflection of Pushkin as he was usually in debt or was not wealthy in adulthood
Can we read The Little Tragedies as an autobiographical work?
Yes we can see the Little tragedies as an autobiographical work because there are many examples of the play that demonstrate different aspects of Pushkins life. For example, Pushkin in his prime was a ladiesman when he was writing and that parallel is shown through the story of the Stone Guest as Don Juan was a Don Juan Ladies man in the area of Spain.
Duke's final words ("A terrible age, terrible hearts!") from The Miserly Knight are among the most famous in Russian literature. How do they explain this cycle?
They explain this cycle as each of the tragedies explain a different moralism that is committed in each tragedy. 1. was greed 2. was envy 3. lust and the 4th was commentary of the time he lived as most of this explains about Pushkins life and what he experienced
What kind of injustice does Salieri refer to in his opening monologue ("They say there's no justice here on earth, / But there's no justice higher up, either....") in Mozart and Salieri?
To Salieri, it was an evil that Mozart was so naturally genius as he was while Salieri had to work his effort for music. Like he was sacrilegious (ungodly) to the art of music.
The Stone Guest presents the conflict of two generations and two different ages. Give examples of two characters who symbolize the Middle Ages and two characters who symbolize Renaissance.
Don Carlos and Dona Anna for Middle Ages, make up a reason why of age and how the differentiations of the generations... and then For the renaissance, it would be Don Juan and Laura because of their modern times of age and fruition. Don Juan and Laura are considered to not care about the old tradition as they only seek love and not tradition. Don Carlo and Dona Anna are more traditional as they seek loyalty in themselves and others being their old age. Ex: Dona Anna and her late husband who died.
What is the purpose and outcome of the confrontation between Chairman and Priest in A Feast during the Plague?
The priest tells the chairman that there is a certain way to behave since the chairman is feasting during the plague and its times of the death and what not. (chairman's family (wife and mother) died and the priest is trying contrast him as he is acting erratically during the plague.
How do we justify these four little tragedies belonging to the same cycle? Give 2-3 reasons to support your point of view.
1. they belong to the same cycle because they have overlapping themes within each other tragedies. Ex: death or mortal sins or religious conflict.
2. chronologically, they add to the different stage/aspects of Pushkin's life.
3. All tragedies of these are all incomplete and changed/adapted from their original works.