Drama 115 paper

Drama 115 paper - Over the course of history people have...

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Over the course of history people have found various ways to amuse themselves; from the excessively gory gladiator games of ancient Rome to the contemporary ball sports enjoyed today like World Cup Soccer. Almost in all aspects of one’s everyday life and especially in competitive spectator sport settings, influences of drama can be found. For example, if Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney is running with the ball and is lightly tapped, depending on his geographical location on the field, he might decide the fall down and in an effort to receive an advantage; feign as though the blow dealt him was more significant than might actually be the case. Soccer players are also known for their exaggerated post-goal celebrations and in the realm of other athletes may even be regarded as thespians of the pitch. However while the example of the soccer player shows a variation of drama. The purpose of drama in a contemporary sense is to amuse and entertain. Nonetheless, while drama has been around for centuries it has not always existed as means of entertainment. Most early drama can be found to have been first based and influenced by religion. Ancient Greeks developed or stumbled upon drama while honoring their god Dionysus, while ceremonial performances of important biblical message by the church during the early Renaissance helped Europeans find their inner Thespians. The purpose of this text is to analyze the effects that religion has had in the assent and collapse on drama; more specifically in the periods of Ancient Greece, Classical Japan, and Renaissance Europe (Bierl). Drama is widely understood to have educative qualities and because of this, it comes as little surprise that the origins of Drama across the globe are religiously influenced. An early example to be addressed is that of Ancient Greece. During the period of Sophocles and other highly influential intellectuals, Drama was regarded as a key component of Greek society. On all accounts the capital reason for Drama’s importance was the Festival Dionysia (Gainor)
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. This festival was an annual event which required all members of the society to cease all activity for a few days to watch a tournament of performances. These performances were all meant to celebrate the Greek god Dionysus who was the deity of the grape harvest, wine and more famously of ecstasy and in essence ritual lunacy (Bierl). It was a t one on these performances that
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