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Tragedy Vs. Comedy. GHS Fall 2012. Drama and Theater. What makes a tragedy a tragedy? What makes a comedy a comedy? What is the broad definition? Tragedy=depicts a downfall, or there is a fatal misjudgment that leads to a fall.

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Tragedy vs comedy

Tragedy Vs. Comedy

GHS Fall 2012


Drama and theater

Drama and Theater

  • What makes a tragedy a tragedy?

  • What makes a comedy a comedy?

  • What is the broad definition?

    Tragedy=depicts a downfall, or there is a fatal misjudgment that leads to a fall.

    Comedy=a happy ending, and a typical theme of someone rising to a fortune (this doesn’t always mean $)


Examine these quotes

Examine these quotes. . .

  • “Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.”

  • Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

  • “Lord, what fools these mortals be!”


Examine these quotes1

Examine these quotes. . .

  • “Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.”

  • “The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.”

  • “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.”


Now it is your turn

Now it is your turn. . .

  • Create your own quote about tragedy and comedy.

  • He is my own: “Without lies there would be not truth, and without deception there would be no reason to seek it.” DJH


Characteristics and history

Characteristics and History

  • What do you remember from the Greek and Medieval periods?


Characteristics and history1

Characteristics and History

  • Tragedy and comedy have evolved over time and offer and interesting way of looking at how time, place and ideas are reflected in drama, and in life.

  • What are the characteristics of modern tragedy and comedy? What movies or televisions shows would you categorizes as either a tragedy or comedy?


Examples

Examples

  • Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing, the Tempest.

  • What about Everyman? It’s a morality play but would you say it’s a tragedy or a comedy?

  • Tartuffe and A Doll’s House.


Essential questions

Essential Questions. . .

  • How do I use drama to express my ideas and feelings?

  • What are the purposes of Drama?

  • How has drama changed through the centuries? Tragedy? Comedy?

  • Is it difficult for modern audiences to see the humor in Greek, Medieval and Shakespearean plays? Why?


Gallery walk

Gallery Walk

  • We are going to critique quotes about tragedy and comedy, and then. . .

  • We will add one of our own! Or one that we remember.

  • This will be a group activity, so participate!!!


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