Introduction to Theatre notes

Introduction to Theatre notes - Neoclassicism Each play...

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Neoclassicism - Each play must be either pure tragedy or pure comedy. Pure tragedy must have only aristocratic characters, can only deal with affairs of the state(government events), must use elevated poetic language, had to have an unhappy(tragic) ending Pure comedy could only have middle or lower class characters, only deal with domestic or family affairs, only use common language, and had to have a happy ending Rejection of elements of Shakespeare – didn’t agree with soliloquies Play must have 3 unities – time, place, and action Time – all events should take place within 24 to 48 hours Place – All events should take in 1 location Action – Only 1 story/central plot line Rule of Decorum – appropriate behavior in the situation Characters had to be written appropriately according to their state in the social setting. Romanticism -1800- emotions, feeling, intuition Rejection of neoclassicism Linked to democratic movements Duality of nature – we are not just physical machines, we have a body and a soul.
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