In Greece, the theater was a beloved thing. In fact, every year a festival was hosted to see who had written the best play. Sophocles, who was a famous playwright introduced, a new and more innovative style of performing with three actors instead of two. He also incorporated changing scenery, a thing never done before. Adding a new actor to his plays allowed him to increase complexity in the plots.
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an actor, poet, and playwright, but he did so much more than that. He changed psychology, the english language, theater, writing, and created thousands of words we still use today. William Shakespeare wrote and acted in his plays during the Renaissance, which was a time from the 1300s until the 1600s when ideas of society changed. During the Renaissance, a new concept started to form that changed society which was humanism. Humanism is the concept of being realistic, finding logical explanations to problems and questions, and the belief in people’s individuality.
Oedipus the King, by Sophocles, is renowned as one of the most edifying tragedies of its era and its influence on both theatre and society is still evident today. Through the development of one of the most profound characters in literature, the play offers an insight on themes such as fate, free will, recognition, relationships, religion, and duty. The play was first performed in about 429 B.C in the City Dionysia, where it secured second place, and it continues to be performed today through different platforms including films, plays, and operas. This paper will provide an in-depth analysis of Oedipus the King. It will also include an overview of Sophocles’ biography, examine the plays’ historical context, provide an overview
Dramaturgical Approach Life is a show. We are the actors in our own lives’, and we are constantly in the spotlight putting on our best performance. Erving Goffman published the ‘Presentation of Self in 1959 (Crossman, 2015). In this book, it is here he describes his theory about how we as people operate in our everyday lives and how we work to achieve a certain perception of ourselves. Goffman used the metaphor of the theatre to illustrate how we as social actors change our behaviour according to the audience that is present (Vogt Isaksen, 2015).
Characters are a crucial element to any play because they are agents that commit actions that make up the plot, thus one cannot have a play without them. Shakespeare wrote “Macbeth” with similar characters from the play “Oedipus Rex”. For example, Macbeth and Oedipus the King are both tragic heroes that do harsh things to people but realize it at the end. In both of these written plays they contain a tragic hero that learns from his own fate and sufferings and gains a deeper understanding of empathy with other people. They accept the consequences of their doings.
Odysseus, notwithstanding, in his full gallantry is brilliantly depicted by the artist Homer. The difference between the heroes of The Odyssey and The Epic of Gilgamesh enlighten the diverse target groups for every sonnet. Gilgamesh's flawlessness, means and specialist make him less relatable to present day groups of onlookers, with the message of The Epic of Gilgamesh exhibiting legitimate
I am familiar with the movie Shrek that is why I chose to go watch this play. During the play I noticed how well the cast performed, the mistakes made, lines forgotten, and the unique touches they added to the play. I believe the cast performed well throughout the play. As the cast performed there were obvious mistakes that were made during the musical. The first mistake happened in the third act.
His intention in lampooning was for his audience to enjoy the irony and sarcasm of his work while criticizing the foolish view of the upper class. During the time play’s release, many critics wrote about their opinions of the play. Some critics saw his work as a fantasy, others said it was burlesque, but there were also critics who understood Wilde’s purpose for writing this play (Kohl 272). For instance, Norbert Kohl said, “He is made to laugh at the hollow superficiality hidden behind the mask of earnestness, and to mock the rich facade…” (Kohl 272). Khol clearly understood that Wilde’s purpose of writing The Importance of Being Earnest was to publicly and comically criticize the rich.
Shakespeare helped the rebirth of ideas with his performances. William Shakespeare had ideas about performances and how the audience reacts. William Shakespeare was a poet, play wrighter, and an actor whose many accomplishments impacted the world and reflected the values of the Renaissance. William Shakespeare had many accomplishments during the Renaissance. He worked on the London theatre world from 1594 to 1608.