Comedies

The History Of Greek Theater
The History Of Greek Theater
The History of Greek Theater Theater and drama in Ancient Greece took form in about 5th century BCE, with the Sopocles, the great writer of tragedy. In his plays and those of the same genre, heroes and the ideals of life were depicted and glorified. It was believed that man should live for honor and fame, his action was courageous and glorious and his life would climax in a great and noble death. Originally, the hero?s recognition was created by selfish behaviors and little thought of service t
Comedy In Shakespeare
Comedy In Shakespeare
Comedy in Shakespeare Shakespeare wrote many plays during his lifetime. Some of his plays have similar comedic characteristics and then other plays are the exact opposite of comedy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, romance, history, comedy and problem plays all with great success. During the performance of these plays there was no scenery so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining. A Midsummers Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are j
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Taming Of The Shrew
The Taming Of The Shrew The Taming Of The Shrew by William Shakespeare is probably one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. Its plot is derived from the popular 'war of the sexes' theme in which males and females are pitted against one another for dominance in marriage. The play begins with an induction in which a drunkard, Christopher Sly, is fooled into believing he is a king and has a play performed for him. The play he watches is what constitutes the main body of The Taming Of The Shrew. In i
Shakespeare - Comedy
Shakespeare - Comedy
Shakespeare - Comedy Shakespeare wrote many plays during his lifetime. Some of his plays have similar comedic characteristics and then other plays are the exact opposite of comedy. Shakespeare wrote tragedies, romance, history, comedy and problem plays all with great success. During the performance of these plays there was no scenery so great time was taken when developing the characters and the plot so the plays would be entertaining. A Midsummers Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing are ju
Othello - Compared To Twelfth Night
Othello - Compared To Twelfth Night
Othello - Compared to Twelfth Night She loved me for the dangers I had pass'd, and I loved her that she did pity them (Othello, I.iii 166-167). William Shakespeare?s tragedy Othello, is pervaded by a dominant theme, one of love. Othello, the Moor of Venice falls madly in love with a woman named Desdemona. They marry and are very happy together. Othello and Desdemona face many trials during the course of their nine-month marriage. The most notable one occurs when Barbanzio, Desdemona?s father acc
Macbeth - Tragedy
Macbeth - Tragedy
Macbeth - Tragedy William Shakespeare is the noted author of a vast array of plays, ranging from comedies to histories to tragedies. Perhaps one of his most famous in the tragedy genre is Macbeth. Though Shakespeare can be considered as a scholar in the sense that he was both a renowned and prolific playwright, look back a few hundred years to find Aristotle, one of the most famous scholars and philosophers of all time. In his treatise titled Poetics, he defends poetry against criticism as well
Monty Python
Monty Python
Monty Python The very essence of Contemporary Theatre is that is such a diverse realm of performance art. Many different playwrights have contributed to this post World War Two theatre that instead of keeping to just one narrow genre it was able to branch out to cover all aspects and views of an ever transitional modern society. Theatrical pieces from this time period have ranged from Existentialism, pioneered by Jean Paul Sartre, to the Theatre of the Absurd, which was precedented by Samuel Bec
Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall
Penny Marshall Penny Marshall has directed six films in her career: The Preachers Wife(1996), Renaissance Man(1994), A League of Their Own(1992), Awakenings(1990), Big(1998), and Jumpin' Jack Flash(1986). We know Penny best from her stint in Laverne and Shirley (1976-1983) as the hilarious Laverne De Fazio. After the series was cancelled Laverne appeared in some pictures until her directorial debut in Jumpin' Jack Flash. This film was pretty much a bomb and Penny gained credibility
Masks (The Prop)
Masks (The Prop)
Masks (The Prop) The masks of comedy and tragedy are only distinguishable by a smile or frown, happiness or sadness, life or death. The same is true of Shakespearean plays. The comedies are known for their happy conclusions, reconciliation of the characters, a justification of events, and life at the end. On the other hand, the tragedies are known for their miserable conclusions, destruction of the characters, a question of why this had to happen, and death at the end. Comedies make us laugh, tr
Censorship On Television
Censorship On Television
Censorship on Television Television, radio, and now even computers are growing as quickly as anyone can imagine. As these media sources expand there is a continued need for censorship. In this day and age television, being the least censored of the masses, should have certain simple and specific regulations set upon it. Television programs should be censored based on content, the time slot it will be showing, and the audience that will be viewing it. The first part of television that should be e
Edward II - To What Extent Is Edward Responsible For His Own Fate?
Edward II - To What Extent Is Edward Responsible For His Own Fate?
Edward II - To What Extent Is Edward Responsible For His Own Fate? ?Edward II plantagenet King of England, Whose incompetence and distaste for government finally led to His deposition and murder.? The Elizabethan drama, Christopher Marlowe?s, Edward the Second is, according to Aristotle?s definition of the word, a tragedy. That is to say it concerns the fall of a great man because of a mistake he has made or a flaw in his character. During this essay I will demonstrate how this definition of tra
Greek Tragedies
Greek Tragedies
Greek Tragedies In consideration of the plays we discussed in class, the dramatic contents of each play reflect and develop a category of it's own. Some that deal with comedies, morality, and other's with, tragedies, whichever the case maybe each play has its unique style and theme. A Midsummer Night's Dream I believe is unusual among Shakespeare's plays, since it is lacking a written source for its plot. The wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta was described in Chaucer's Knight's Tale and elsewhe
Fawlty Towers Vs Commedia
Fawlty Towers Vs Commedia
Fawlty Towers Vs Commedia The aim of this essay is to examine the drama elements used in Faulty Towers and to compare and contrast this British comedy with the Italian street theatre, Commedia Dell ?arte. Faulty Towers episode Kipper and the Corpse uses many of the same comical devices as Commedia. This drama is based in a hotel and focuses on the misfortunes of the owners and the staff as they try to run this business. There are four main characters in the 1970?s British comedy. These character
Taming Of The Shrew
Taming Of The Shrew
Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare loves to use contrasts in his play: these contrasts in setting, people, events, belief system help to develop the plots or themes of the play. Identify three of these contrast and explain how these help to develop the plot or the theme. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare is one of Shakespeare's earliest comedies. This play is about a young girl Katherina who acts like a shrew. In Taming of the Shrew one of the main ways that themes and plots are sh
Neil Simon
Neil Simon
Neil Simon As one of North America?s leading playwrights, Neil Simon has definitely been instrumental to the world of theater. He has experienced a somewhat shaky personal life, but he has found that this only adds to the texture of his work. He began his career working on radio and television, and found that writing for stage was significantly different than his previous experiences writing. His first attempts at theater were rough, but it didn?t take him long to achieve excellence. He has also
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts Julia Roberts One of the most widely known actresses, Julia Fiona Roberts, was born on October 28, 1967. This now 5?9 , brown eyed, chatain clair haired girl was born in Smyrna, Georgia. She attended Campbell High School, also in Smyrna, Georgia,where she graduated in 1985. Julia?s favorite of only a few past-times is knitting, which she sometimes does while waiting on set. Her favorite quote is, What changes with fame, I think, are perceptions of an individual, more than the indiv
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was one of the best authors, actors/playwrights of all time. William's poetry was full of images from nature, gardening, agricultural, pursuits, and country folklore. He was born and died on exactly the same date 52 years later. William has written a total of 37 plays including articles of time, love, death, friendship and the immortality of poetry. William was exceptionally good at his work and he generated a few enemies along the way. William was born in
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin When Charlie Chaplin was a little boy, a sheep escaped on its way to a slaughterhouse near where he lived. Charlie and other youngsters chased the sheep around, laughing and having fun. But when it was taken away, Charlie realized the sad finality of death and cried to his mother. That incident paved the way for the theme of Charlie?s future filmmaking career. Comedy mixed with pathos made perfect sense to him. He was also an everyman character, a lost soul, a wanderer - he embod
Entertainment And Education
Entertainment And Education
Entertainment and Education Both entertainment and education have been integrals parts of the human experience since the beginnings of time. Many scholars insist that the two institutions often serve jointly, with entertainers and entertainment serving as a main source of education. There is little argument, then, that in addition to generally appealing to the masses, entertainers have regularly fulfilled the role of a teacher to typically unsuspecting audiences. Entertainers have served as edu
Shakespeares Comedy Vs. Tragedy
Shakespeares Comedy Vs. Tragedy
Shakespeare's Comedy vs. Tragedy Certain parallels can be drawn between William Shakespeare's plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Romeo and Juliet. These parallels concern themes and prototypical Shakespearian character types. Both plays have a distinct pair of ?lovers', Hermia and Lysander, and Romeo and Juliet, respectively. Both plays could have also easily been tragedy or comedy with a few simple changes. A tragic play is a play in which one or more characters is has a moral flaw that
Twelfth Night Act
Twelfth Night Act
Twelfth Night Act II Scene IV Analysis Twelfth Night can be a very confusing story because of the changes in identity throughout the story and the way it ends with one big happy wedding that no one ever saw coming, (unless you have picked up on the Shakespearian pattern that comedies end with weddings and tragedies end with the death of the main character). Act II Scene IV seems to prepare the reader for what is to come at the end of the play. This scene shows the more personal sides of Cesario
Influence of Entertainment Media
Influence of Entertainment Media
Influence of Entertainment Media Samantha Ermoian HUM/186 August 3, 2015 Patricia Morriss Influence of Entertainment Media In the 1950ís, most television entertainment programs ignored current events and political issues. Instead, the three major networks ABC, NBC, and CBS developed prime time shows that would appeal to most family audiences. Domestic comedy was generic family comedy known for its character-based humor and usually set within a home. Some examples of domestic comedy back then ar