The Aristotelian Elements Of Spectacle In A Doll's House

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The Aristotelian element of drama known as spectacle, or what is seen onstage, is important to the development of any play or musical. Spectacle plays an influential and essential role in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. The specific things and actions the audience sees in this play provides them with necessary information to understand the characters, storyline, and many other aspects of the play. There are numerous examples of specific things Ibsen intended for the patrons to observe throughout the course of this show. These are so significant to understanding the work, that a reader of this script can recognize them, even if he or she has never seen a production of A Doll’s House. This story could not be conveyed properly without including the significant examples of spectacle in a production. According to Aristotle, there are six elements of drama. In simplest terms, they are referred to as plot, character, diction, music, thought, and spectacle. Spectacle is essentially what the playwright intended to be seen during the performance of a play. This includes, but is not limited to, which characters appear on or offstage at a given time, what props and specific costume pieces the actors use, and what the set looks like. Of course, much of what the audience sees during a given production of a play, such as particular costume, stage directions, and sets, were altered to fit what the directors or designers envisioned for their production. Although scripts typically leave room

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