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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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