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drama notes exam 2 - Notes-Melodrama Monday 12:00 PM...

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Notes-Melodrama Monday, February 18, 2008 12:00 PM Vocabulary o Genre Kind Type 4 main genres Farce Melodrama Tragedy drama o Melodrama Nothing mellow about it Usually use it when someone is being extremely dramatic Originates in the 18th century and it is the dominate style in the 19th century Different varieties of melodrama Star wars is an example of a melodrama Element of strong wish fulfillment The world of melodrama o From French melo-drame- "music-drama" o Popular, escapist, sentimental Want to reach a wide audience as apposed to a more specific audience that a tragedy appeals to More straightforward and clear cut in who you are rooting for and who you are going against Tragedies exist in shades of gray, but a melodrama is very black and white More escapist feeling And it really taps into your emotions Very emotionally engaging Tragedies want you to look at the ambiguous ideas, but melodrama is just more bedrock ideas o Clear-cut morality There is good and bad There is no in between Good is always going to triumph over evil in a melodrama o Whole characters They don’t suffer any internal division o External conflict The events stay all on the external No internal conflict of the characters Simplify the self and simplify the universe o Focus on plot o Emotional appeal
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o Restores status quo Give satisfying experience Leave us feeling like things are going to work out Forms and styles of theatre Wednesday, February 20, 2008 12:01 PM Melodrama o Examples: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) The Quick and the Dead (1995) Enemy of the State (1998) Moulin Rouge (2001) o Whole characters o Not internally divided o External conflicts that the characters are engaged in o Emotional appeal o Realists are a reaction against melodrama o Different styles of melodrama Horror Scifi Domestic Musical o Not really based on subtleties and dialogue and conversation o Its more about what you see o escapism Realism o See things as they are and not as we wish they can be o Modern drama: the theatre of revolt o A real attack on the norms and the status quo o Society Big changes that enable realism to take hold Increasing prominence of the middle class across European society as a whole Industrial revolution allows more lower class people to emerge Middle class people want to see things that are about their lives Realism is a way to think about the problems in the safety of a play and watching it instead of it being your life There is increasing materialism o Philosophy Throughout the 19th century new age of scientific reasoning Scientific philosophers are trying to find reasons for things that originally would be thought was gods Charles Darwin Natural selection and his views on how nature works Impact of the past on the present
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