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Unformatted text preview: The Romantics freed the French drama from the two unities of place and time. Hugo retained the unity of action, feeling that this was an artistic necessity. Local color was important in Romantic plays. The setting was more often Spain, though several plays were written about England and English historical characters, such as Cromwell and Mary, Queen of Scots. Violence was permitted on stage. The play often indeed, usually concerned a couple in love. Shakespeare was translated by Vigny during this period and became one of the idols of the French Romantics. This new freedom in French drama was the beginning of much of the later development of drama in France and the world. Nineteenth-century France was not in a mood for much experimental drama, but the way was paved for the twentieth-century experimenters. The audiences in the nineteenth but the way was paved for the twentieth-century experimenters....
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