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THEA210 - week of 9/12/2016

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THEA210 - week of 9/12/2016 Thea 210

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These notes cover the components of classical tragedy and touch briefly on neoclassical and modern tragedy.
Introduction to Theater
John Burgess and Meredith Conti
Class Notes
anagnorisis, catharsis, peripeteia, hamartia, hubris, city, dionysia, The, bacchae
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Grace Notetaker on Sunday September 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Thea 210 at James Madison University taught by John Burgess and Meredith Conti in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Theater in Theater at James Madison University.


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Date Created: 09/18/16
THEA210 – Week of 9/12/2016  Classical Tragedy  Origins: o Ancient Greece had annual festivals called City Dionysia where three playwrights would each right three plays and they would be shown over the course of three days.  Tragedy Complexity o 3 playwrights, 3 tragedys o satyr = half-man, half-goat  origin of satire  The basics o Humankind’s struggle against limitations  Divine will (Gods) v. human will  Desire v moral conscience (heart v head)  The components o Central conflict  Determined by gods, fulfilled by humans  Dilemma – duty to family or state v obeying the gods  “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”  hubris = overbearing pride o features  downfall of high-status characters  spoken in verse  not poetic; structured  presence of chorus  dramatic/heroic moments that occur off screen explained by chorus  climactic plot  aristotle’s poetics o tragic hero o tragic mistake (hamartia) o reversal of fortune (peripeteia) o recognition (anagnorisis) o cleanse of feelings (catharsis)  goal feelings = pity and fear  Neoclassical Tragedy o Verisimilitude (realistic)  Idealized truth o Elizabethan and Jacobean Tragedy  Shakespeare and Marlowe  Blend of Greek and neoclassical tragedy  Modern Tragedy o Common members of society o Themes and situations that connect w modern audiences To learn more and get OneNote, visit 2


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