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Theatrical Genres Resources Text. .. Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art , 7th edition: Chapter 5. 1. What is genre ? Genre is a French word meaning "category" or "type." The choice of genre reflect's the writer's point of view towards his subject . The two oldest genres , dating back to the fifth century BCE, are tragedy and comedy. 2. Using the classical definition, what is the difference between a tragedy and a comedy? Mask of Comedy and Tragedy In a tragedy , the protagonist goes down in defeat (hence the frown ), in a comedy he overcomes the dramatic obstacle and attains his major objective (which is why he'ssmiling ). 3. What is the difference between the protagonist and the antagonist? The protagonist is the principal character (the "hero") in a play; the antagonist is his primary opponent (the "villain"): the dramatic obstacle. 4. What is the major objective? The major objective , also known as the spine , is the major character's primary desire or goal. If the character reaches that goal, the play (by definition) is a comedy. If he doesn't, it's a tragedy. In a
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