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September 5, 2008 Perspectives in Western Drama - Comedy Komoidia –  “song of the revelers” Comedy o Associated with people getting together o Involves some lesser aspects of our nature o Involve immediate world Satyr Play o Short comic play o Features chorus composed of mythological figures of a satyr – human  from waist up and animal from waist down o Reinforces dioynysian duality – human but has animal instincts and  passions and drives sometimes Medea o Taken seriously b/c her situation and actions are more real and sincere o Encourages us to identify with figures and see world from their point of  view Napolean o Exaggeration of his qualities allows us to laugh at him o Heightens social awkwardness
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Keys to Comedy o Objectivity – helps us stand back and have more distance form characters  allowing us to find more humor Minimizes emotional identification so we can laugh Closer emotional ID makes us more sincere o Surprise/unexpected Napolean – riding bus w/ little kids, action figure out the window,  very sarcastic which makes him stand out more but is his way to  cope with situation Comedy has continual surprises which keeps our motors turning o Exposure/deflation
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