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DRAMA The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation. - Stella Adler
History The first plays were staged in Greece in the 5 th century BCE. The original purpose was to honor the gods, particularly Dionysus, the god of wine Drama became more about entertainment in the 1 st century AD in Rome. Drama has been used to ask questions about society, government, life, and love.
The Theme • Dramas have a central theme, which can often be considered as a question. • The theme may not always be obvious • We have to look at the meaning of the drama, and not just the events that occur
Comedy • Comedy is one of the two main genres of drama • Comedy frequently uses Satire and Parody to create humor, and at the same time criticize or question something. • Laugh, and then think
Satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose stupidity or hypocrisy.
Parody is an imitation of something with a humorous message
Tragedy • Protagonist is a decent person with one flaw or fault • That fault ultimately leads to the character’s demise • Attempts to resolve problems usually backfire or make things worse Did you know: Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy?
• Written by Arthur Miller in 1953 • Set in Salem Massachusetts in 1692 -3
Literary Device: Allegory • An allegory is basically an extended metaphor • The entire story represents a key concept or idea • Allegories can often create parallels of real situations or events
The Red Scare • During the 1950 s, America experienced what was called “The Red Scare” • The Red Scare was the fear of Communism spreading to America, and taking over the world
Joseph Mc. Carthy and Mc. Carthyism Mc. Carthy was a US senator from Wisconsin • In 1950 he became famous for producing a list claiming that hundreds of people inside the government were either communist spies, or supporters. • He marketed himself as a trustworthy policeman who would protect people from communism. • Hundreds were imprisoned and at least 10, 000 lost their jobs. • Congress would later block Mc. Carthy and he died at 48 of hepatitis, alcoholism accelerated his death.
The Crucible’s Allegory • The Crucible was intended to be an allegory of Mc. Carthyism. • Pay attention for details that seem similar to the events during the Mc. Carthyism era • At the same time, look for ways to learn more about Puritan society and values