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Module 1 Foundations of Drama Lecture When exploring theatre as an art form, we have to begin an investigation as to what compromises drama. Drama is a story written to be performed before an audience. Unlike a novel or poem, plays are written with dramatic structure. Whereas a novel can be read silently to oneself, plays are written in dialogue form – that which is to be spoken. When a playwright writes a script, he/she is writing for the ear. In everyday conversation, we hear beats, pauses, textures of accents and the playwright has to take account of these elements of conversation. Also, being on a stage, a playwright must extend the story to audience in hopes that there is an audience-performance agreement that indeed what is being performed is reaching the audience in a clear and precise fashion. We are going to look at what causes this agreement and how the agreement is achieved. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and biologist, looked at Greek tragedy plays and recorded responses from the audience. Based upon his work Poetics , a study of human endeavor brought about how the parts of human interaction work together to function in the universe. He in turn sought after how form and function work with each other. He implies that the form of plot, with its arrangement and selection, presents the function of drama as that which arouses emotions and provides entertainment. We will now take a look at how this interaction of form and function works. Tragedy as Aristotle defines, is the imitation of an action that is serious and complete, and at a magnitude that can be perceived with incidents that arouse pity and fear where with to contain a catharsis of emotions. Okay, now let’s translate this…
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course THR 121 taught by Professor Angle during the Spring '08 term at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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