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21 Oct

The Effect of Costume in the Greek Theatre

The Effect of Costume in the Greek Theatre Because of the great distance between the stage and the audience, the actors had to wear masks to signify their characters. These masks were of painted fabric. They helped the spectator even at the farthest seat to recognize the characters on the stage. For example, in Greek comedy, the rogue was always red-haired. The stature of the tragic p

21 Oct

The Greek Theatre

The Greek Theatre The Greek theatres were called amphitheaters. They were bowl-shaped with a shallow platform. Ideally, the structure was built on the slop of a hill. Its shape was semicircular with the seats surrounding the circular stage. The seats were raised, tier upon tier in horse-shoe formation. Viewed from the stage, the seats rose up curving around the sides. For the purpose

21 Oct

Definitions of Drama

Definitions of Drama “Drama is a composition in prose or poetry, accommodated to action and intended to portray life or character or to tell a story by actions and, usually, dialogue tending towards some result directly based on them.” Webster’s New International Dictionary “A play ought to be, a just and lively image of human nature, reproducing the pass

21 Oct

The Drama and the Novel: A Comparative Analysis

The Drama and the Novel: A Comparative Analysis The novel and the drama are compounded of the same elements such as plot, characterization, dialogue, setting and criticism of life. But the novelist and the dramatist work under dissimilar conditions. Hence the immense difference in technique between the two. First of all, the novel is to be read while a play is primarily to be stage

02 Oct

The Romantic Mind: Imagination, Self and Creative Power

The Romantic Mind: Imagination, Self and Creative Power  The term ‘romantic’ has been a cause of deep pondering and historical delving in academic circles, especially towards the middle of the twentieth century. Even when the everyday senses implied by the term may be sidelined, the variety of meanings embodied in the literary sense of the term ‘romantic’

02 Oct

The City in the Modernist Framework

The City in the Modernist Framework The best representative poem of the modernist movement, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) famously articulated the modern cities as being “Unreal”. The urban life was the most significant site of the issues and concerns of the modernist age. Modernism and urban locale are closely intertwined and each has been instrumental in shap