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23 terms

Theater 1

STUDY
PLAY
hubris and punishment
extremem arrogance leads to punishment
capricious gods
unpredictable, fickle, bad things happen to good people
catharsis
emotional purging of the soul
deux ex machina
plot contrivance, devine intervention
world view during greek theater
humanism/nihilism
human accomplishment, dark side of the force/absence of morality
pragmatic
functions of greek chorus
provide exposition, philosophical observation, background, balance of opposing sides
paradigm shifts
change a model of thought, when major changes occur in society or culture. economy
zeitgeist
popular taste of the times, spirit of the times, sensibility of the times
domestic comedy
family comedy
world view during shakespear's time
nationalistic, humanistic, nihilistic
Henry the 5th, comedies, What to do about Nothing, Hamlet
Invention of personality
characters were much deeper, real human beings
theme of Tartuffe (Moliere)
religios hyprocisy
Moliere's legacy
respectability, nuance, delicacy of facts, subtlety
Charles II and the Resoration
let women perform in the theater as he saw in France
Comedies of Manners
mock the upper class and their obsession with reputation
Ned Kynaston
last actor to play female parts
sentimental comedies
bad guy turns good, reformed at the end
key contributions of Greek Theater
Dionysian rituals, tragedy, comedy and satire, tragic flaws, state of ecstasy
key contributions of Roman Theater
domestic comedy and bloody tragedies, stock characters, thirst for blood and gore
key contributions of Commedia dell'Arte
stock characters and comic scenarios, input from the audience
key contributions of Shakespearean theater
gave us human personality in real people, psychological motivations
key contributions of 18th century theater
comedy of manners and sentimental comedy
key contributions of 19th century theater
new forms of drama, including melodrama, realism and tragic comedy