Metatheatre will be distinguished as theatre that is self-aware whereas Metadrama will be considered as drama that is self-aware; theatre being the art form and drama being the form of writing. The two will be considered separately as metatheatre pertains more towards the performance, actor’s choices, production, sound, lighting, etc. and metadrama pertains towards the written word, the script and the playwright. At times, this distinction will blur, but for the most part these two worlds can exist as separate
Yet, these traits can vary by location and are influenced by social and cultural factors. This leads to an overemphasis on the masculinity and the power they have, also perhaps having a disregard for consequences and responsibility that they may have from this machismo. In society, today, people are labelling each other and assumptions are made about genders and is part of socialization to meet the norms of the society. In this essay, I will
Appearance vs. reality is when things appear different than they actually are. Ambition is the desire to complete or achieve something. These two themes show up in both Macbeth and Hamlet. The theme of ambition is not only similar, but it is also different in these two tragedies. It is similar in terms of the way their goals were achieved.
Furthermore, Nussbaum underline’s Hegel’s interpretation of the Greek tragedy and takes a more critical look at the Hegelian approach. Finally, Nussbaum draws a conclusion that conflict or tragedy occurs when we try to simplify a complex world. Nussbaum underlines the investigation of deinon and how it often has disharmonious implications which can be seen, as Nussbaum explains, within the Greek tragedy. Additionally, as previously mentioned, Nussbaum emphasizes the consequences of simplification used as a method to avoid serious conflict and also as a “criterion of rationality”. She shows in which way the protagonists use simplification in order to
Art is commonly used to research and understand historical cultures, such as the Greeks. This includes how sex, gender, and sexuality played a part in their culture. This however can be grossly misunderstood because much of Greek art was designed for a specific audience and was not typically used to depict areas of society that were ‘taboo’. McNiven, in his except Sex, Gender, and Sexuality, explains how sex, gender, and sexuality were defining by Greek art and the reality behind such. Using Greek art to understand its culture however can be a tricky task due to ancient Greek artists not depicting daily life, but rather the persona they wanted to portray.
Throughout the history, the terms idealism and realism have evolved, starting from the Greek’s sculptures and influencing different regions. Idealism in art means conveying the ideal and artistic side of the subject, and it tends to depict “what should be” more than “what it really is”. On the other hand, realism tends to care more about the true representation of the subject without idealizing it and giving it extra features that makes it close to the viewers. In this paper, the themes realism and idealism will be addressed using the Vesperbild sculpture from the Middle Rhine Region in Germany as an example, discussing the “Pietà”, its cultural context, and comparing it to another pietà from the same region. The Vesperbild (also called the
The word myth is defined by Oxford Dictionary as : “A traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events” (Oxford Dictionary of English 2010). In other words, myths are ancient stories that explain the
However, belief systems do not stay entirely static but change as societies evolve over time. This societal evolution naturally have an impact on their mythologies and beliefs, possibly causing a shift in how myths are understood and used, and whether certain myths are seen as sacred, true and alive, or as profane and fictional stories. “Myth” therefore contains within itself an interesting combination of the notions of truth and falsehood. On one end of the scale, myth is seen as a sacred and true story; on the other, myth is a false statement or notion. In contemporary society, mythic narratives are usually understood as being a part of the imagination and therefore strictly opposed to reality.
It was hard to believe that several hundreds of years ago people used those instruments, and we were able to stand and look at them. It was exciting to see the different types of makeup used, and how the actors were dressed for their parts. When I was researching Elizabethan theatre history it made me wonder what happened in the history of theatre that caused the changes we have today, such as sitting in the centre stage or the pit orchestra being a certain size. The Globe explained so many traditions of the past and how some of them carried into our world today such as the box office, but it left me with many questions I had never thought of
While differing approaches to Role Theory, as described by Biddle, may provide literary scholars with a useful framework within which one may better assign, locate, and thus understand how social roles are developed, functions performed and conflicts mediated, there are a number of instances in which the field’s limitations outweigh its usefulness as an analytic tool, not just in the field of literary studies, but in general. Jeanne Jackson’s critical analysis of role theory will serve as the starting point and guideline in this discussion. Jackson points out that role theory “falsely reifies certain social ideologies into concrete realities or objective templates, and names them roles.” This is to say, it perpetuates a normative illusion that could give way to a false sense of universality that does not admit variation or diversity, because these pre-packaged roles may in fact be based on conservative social ideologies. Thus, a number of factors could be rendered invisible (for example, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, social, economic and cultural factors), and an ideal image, upheld by a conservative political ideology, would exemplify the “proper way” to execute a social role. One example that Jackson highlights is that of the role of the mother, often seen as a pre-packaged set of behaviors and attitudes that may have been molded by their mothers or caretakers.