LITR 103 Final Exam - LITR 103 Final Exam Rachel L. Gates...

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LITR 103 Final Exam Rachel L. Gates Essay A The ability to fully understand the meaning behind a play requires comprehension on several diverse, yet relative levels. The history preceding a play is important because the past causes the present and the present affects the future. Knowing this element constitutes whether or not history will or should repeat itself. In other words, hind sight is always 20/20. In the play, Oedipus Rex, he was informed of the history of his father being murdered and the fate of his own city was foretold, unfortunately, he pressed on and caused his very own demise. History is also crucial to the play, Everyman. In this play, we needed to understand how the Medieval Drama was conveyed to its audiences through a series of travel. Culture of a play is vital for several reasons. I find it interesting to see how other people communicate, think, and act. In the Western part of the world, it functions completely different than we do, especially in the early centuries. Being able to distinguish between homeland culture and foreign culture is imperative to understanding why certain actions are taken against a character. Culture is closely relative to religion. They both set the tone of what rules and regulations are to be followed. In regards to the play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, the traditions in England were made clear throughout. The marriages were arranged in these days and forbidden love was often followed with terrible consequences. Religion has a tremendous bearing on a play as it denotes a conscious minded path shared by mostly everyone involved. This component of a play usually isn’t a favorite for most audiences as it usually evokes tension and confusion, however, if religion were not highlighted a significant amount of readers or viewers would not be able to effectively connect with a
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character’s reasoning. Again, in the play, Midsummer Night’s Dream, (from my unit 4 notes) In Shakespeare’s time, there was a strong belief that the world is made of hierarchical spheres with each influencing the other. At the top was God and at the bottom the smallest of creatures the people could identify at that time. Lastly, the ever so popular word: economy. The economy of a play helps us grasp who is in charge or managing, rather, the grounds or area the play is set to take place in. It can also clarify a characters status as to whether he or she is of royalty, well off, middle class, or poverty stricken. This part of a play can also change at any given time. In the play, Oedipus Rex, the audience understands that Oedipus is the ruler and he lives in a palace. He is very wealthy and has much authority over his land.
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