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Breakdown of Exam: Forms of Drama: o Tragedy: human fallibility, tragic vision, tragic realization (catharsis, Aristotle says it’s important that the hero of tragedy not be too perfect, someone who tears too hard at our heartstrings when he suffers; but, likewise, he must be noble or else we won’t care what happens to him o Comedy: the playwright examines the social world, social values, and people as social beings, society, endurance, survival, euphoria, life forces are usually celebrated in some form symbolizing the harmony and reconciliation of opposing forces, good sense wins the day, intended to interest and amuse rather than to concern, although characters experience various discomfitures, the audience feels confident that they will overcome their ill fortune and find happiness in the end Comedy of humors: of the body Comedy of manners: aristocracy Low comedy: slapstick, very little plot, dumb and dumber Sentimental comedy: middle class, virtuous, centered around domestic life, happy ending o Farce: best described as comedy of situation, gives us a fantasy world of: violence (w/o harm), adultery (w/o consequence), brutality (w/o reprisal), aggression (w/o risk), more concerned with situation rather than societal concerns o Tragicomedy: serious and potentially tragic plays with happy endings (A Raisin in the Sun), in contemporary drama it takes on the follow forms: One is the play whose seriousness is relieved by comic moments
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Another is a play whose comic structure absorbs a tragic moment and continues to express affirmation o Theater of the Absurd: plays concerning life’s irrationality, some absurdist plays insist that there is no meaning in events other than the meaning we invent for ourselves. They can be funny, yet when we laugh, we do so uneasily, repetitive, senseless, our world is absurd and senseless o Melodrama: combination of music and drama in wh/ spoken word is used against a musical background, 19 th century, it was used to describe a play without music but having a serious action usually caused by the villainy of an unsympathetic character, characters win or lose in conflict – the endings are clear cut and extreme – there are no complex, ambiguous resolutions, expresses truth of human condition as we perceive it o Elizabethan Theater: didn’t specifically aim to provide a moral lesson – the plays were to entertain Acting o Acting is doing (not being/mood), acting is portraying a character’s wants and needs through artistically truthful behavior that reflects a character’s psychological and emotional life, acting is NOT: showing, narrating, illustrating, exhibiting, actor selects sensory responses in search for selected behavior pertinent to a character’s needs w/in the given circumstances of the play o the actor’s goal is to tell the character’s circumstances in the play’s story as effectively as possible; those circumstances are the essential conditions in the play’s world that include time, place, and surroundings
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2008 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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