Shakespeare is asking us to consider the fact that the audience has the ability to interpret the play however they want, and the way the actors say their lines can change the audience 's interpretation. He complicates our understanding by showing us that although the writer may have a specific intent, the actors can change the play entirely by the way they deliver their lines. Shakespeare challenges our understanding of life itself, for although we may feel happy and unconquerable, we all have our Achilles heel that changes comedy into tragedy. From upbeat to ruinous, Shakespeare utilizes the contradiction between Comedy and Tragedy to emphasize the shift in the tone of the
He has an interest in myths and traditions, and wrote that through blasphemy we would be able ‘to cross our frontiers, exceed our limitations, fill our emptiness – fulfil ourselves.’ He implies that the actor and all to do with theatre must reject society’s traditions and clichés, to blaspheme. For Grotowski, blasphemy is when someone challenges the traditions and clichés of a society, which can be both cultural and religious, and tears them down. The example he provides for this is if a theatre company were to put on a performance based on American soldiers which was directed under Grotowski’s approach. The most commonly known image/myth of the American soldier is the hero, the protector of society. However the actual reality associated with the American soldier is much more complex, while the myth has grown from a seed of truth, there have been reports of brutality and rape among the soldier community.
We want to be perceived in a certain way, so we have different ‘masks’ for each social interaction we have. Like Shakespeare, Goffman used the theory of life being like the theatre whereby we are ourselves are the actors and we play roles. There is also various settings, props, and audiences. This essay will outline how Goffman’s theory can be applied to the nightclub setting, and how the various elements all add up to create this ‘show’. Dramaturgical Approach Life is a show.
Playwright, William Shakespeare, in his drama, Macbeth, warns about the dangers of how ambition can lead to devastation. His purpose is to demonstrate how greed can drive a person to abandon their morals, and he adopts an unhinged tone in order to affectively shock his audience to its severity. Throughout the play, Shakespeare uses apostrophe, symbolism, and foreshadowing to show that desire for power can lead one’s own destruction. Throughout the drama, Shakespeare uses apostrophe as a way to communicate a character’s emotions to the reader; he does this with Macbeth as well as Lady Macbeth, and while both instances portray how desire for power can lead to the loss of a person’s integrity, it is during Macbeth’s monologue that the reader is able to understand the internal conflict that takes place in a struggle for power. After realizing the severity his plan to succeed the throne, Macbeth reveals his hesitancy towards killing King Duncan, and it is at that moment that he calls out to a “dagger of the mind” which symbolizes his guilt and temptation to carry out the evil deed (2.
(Goffman,1959). This guiding is trying to highlight positive ideas of self and desired impressions. The individuals in the interaction are able to choose their own stage for specific audiences. According to Goffman, in this stage, as in everyday interactions, there are two regions which are a front stage and back stage. Each of them has different effects on an individual’s performance.
(T) While talking with Gloucester and Lear, Edgar (Poor Tom) mentions that, contrary to what one might think, the devil is a gentleman. This concept of evil clothed in civility is crucial to the the play as it stresses the concept that, often, one must be careful to look beyond another’s outward appearance or intentions in order to derive their true motivations. After all, deception can hide a whole world of sin. This idea can be seen throughout the show, most namely when King Lear’s daughters profess their love for their father. While Regan and Goneril may seem the most appreciative from an outside glance, their true goals lie in gaining land and power, while the most humble of the three, Cordelia, ends up being the only sister to truly care
In the article, “You Are a Conformist (That Is, You Are Human)” written by Noam Shpancer, he claims that “Individually, we are designed to pick up social cues, coordinate and align our behavior with those around us… Conformity soothes.” Conformity is a major part in people's life whether it is to decide plans or to agree or disagree on a particular subject. In the play Antigone, written by Sophocles, many of the characters have the option to conform or not to their king, Creon. Antigone, however, tried to bury Polyneices, and Creon was trying to punish Antigone for violating his law. Antigone was being stubborn throughout the played causing the conflicted between the protagonist, Antigone, and the antagonist, Creon. The people who changed from
For example, when presenting a story in a speech a speaker might want to sum it up versus going in deep details of everything that happened. The use of inversion is to not always use the normal object-subject-verb sentence structure. If all the sentences’ structures are the same, the audience will get bored and tuned out. Suspension is similar to the diea of suspension in a movie. It helps a speaker gain the audience attention because the audience will want to figure out the surprise ending.
Throughout the film, Ross illustrates how obstructive conformity can be to society, and how rewarding rebelling to societal norms can be for not only self growth, but societal advancement as well. Symbolism through colour is crucial to indicating the importance of contravening societal expectations for fabricating individual thought and freedom. Ross uses colour not only as a stylistic feature in Pleasantville, it is also used to symbolize the change in beliefs or attitudes of a character. The black and white is used to represent the oppressed and conformed times in Pleasantville. Individual thought was frowned upon, there was order in society, life was repetitive, and gender inequality was still prevalent.
In comparison, the inconsistency between diction depicts the power dynamics observed in the play. Shakespeare often uses Prospero’s servant, Ariel and slave, Caliban to portray the differences in the hierarchy of the play. As observed by the audience Prospero often uses threats and insults to communicate and assign task to Caliban, hence “...tonight thou shalt have cramps, side stitches that shall pen thy breath up.”(I.ii.325-326) Prospero threatens Caliban with pain after his refusal to do work, because he feels as if the isle belongs to him due to the fact that it was inhabited by his mother first. Caliban continues by stating that “I am all the subjects that you have, Which first was mine own king; and here you sty me In this hard rock, whiles you do keep me from The rest o’ th’ island”(I.ii.341-344) This exchange between