It may seem odd that the Mayor of London so opposed the theater houses

It may seem odd that the Mayor of London so opposed the theater houses

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Unformatted text preview: It may seem odd that the Mayor of London so opposed the theater houses: in our own day, drama is considered a bastion of high culture; indeed, many people prefer TV or movies, as they contain more "action," more sensation and excitement; why would anyone want to ban the comparatively staid and civilized genre of theatrical drama? In the Elizabethan age, however, plays were the TV or movies of the time. In a day when there was not much entertainment, drama provided one of the few avenues of diversion and was wildly popular. Because the lower-class masses were illiterate, plays appealed especially to them. Thus, tension over the theaters revolved around a class conflict: the well-to-do middle class, obsessed with hard work and religion, hated plays, viewing them as a source of idleness. Moreover, because the lower classes often skipped church in order to arrive early to the theatres and secure a good view of the stage, the...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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It may seem odd that the Mayor of London so opposed the theater houses

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