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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

Author and Authorship

Author and Authorship The term author has been subjected to much historical examination and analysis within academic circles, especially in the last few decades of the twentieth century. An etymological research to understand the relation between the words author and authority would be much insightful in this context. It appears that the Latin-to-French auctor is the fork in the road

02 Oct

Turn of the Screw Analysis

Turn of the Screw Analysis Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw is a classic ghost story in Gothic literature, known for its psychologically and sexually charged themes and content. Originally published in 1898, it has lent itself to different layers of interpretation, often mutually exclusive, including those of a Freudian nature. The novel seems destined, like Ha