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3 rd Lecture CTH 101 W’04 Chorus in Greek theatre: 1) comments on what the main actors are doing – sets the tone for the society’s emotions, 2) serves to push the play forward – announcing visitors/messengers, for example About Moliere – French neoclassical drama, also known as part of Royal Theatre, 17 th Century, it straddles tragedy and comedy – using Aristotle’s Poetics as a basis (remember Aristotle says you need a noble man who has a major flaw which leads to his downfall - - also he writes about how we feel pity for the fallen person as well as fear at the situation, this leads to the audience’s catharsis, or shedding of emotion). Tragedy portrayed the nobility, with its matters of state and downfall of rulers and its heroic figures whose misfortunes were narrated in an elevated poetic style.
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Unformatted text preview: In contrast, comedy portrayed the middle and lower classes in stories with happy endings drawn from domestic life. Moliere was an actor, director and playwright. Most of his plays were comedies of character and social commentary, although he wrote tragedies, too. He drew his sources from ancient Roman comedies, medieval farce, and the Spanish and Italian comic masters of the Renaissance, specifically commedia dell’arte – but they’re more psychologically complex than the stock characters, (which we’ll study more of next week). Moliere is known as a comic master. He did stir controversy, in that he looked at the Church’s hypocrisy and explored this in some of his plays....
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