Early and Mid 20th Century 1

Early and Mid 20th Century 1 - Realism o o Ordinary people...

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Realism o Ordinary people in ordinary situations o Forced comfortable audiences to watch psychological and physical problems of the middle class o Implied that morality and immorality were relative Naturalism o Often dealt with the lower classes - showing the stark side of life o Slice of life - events should be shown in time continuum, no editing or rearrangement like in ordinary dramatic writing o Focused on the lower class to call attention to social problems and initiate reform Heritage of Realism o By 1920s in Europe' 1930s in America o Realism was reshaped to satisfy middle class sensitivities o Audiences expected plays to be realistic Poetic Realism o 1904 In Ireland, dramatists Lady Gregory and John Synge created dramas with the peasant dialogue of Ireland Dialogue was distinctive, poetic and colorful o 1924 In the US, Eugene O'Neill experimented with poetic realism in Desire under the Elms using the Phaedra myth as an underpinning o 1936 In Spain, Federico Garcia Lorca in
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