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The Chorus as a Homonym - In Jean Anouilh’s Antigone and in Euripides’s Medea the Chorus is both a tool for characterization and representation of theme; however, the ways they function in their respective plays are noticeably different. The differences in the way the Choruses function in each respective play make the name of the character “the Chorus” a homonym, same name different meaning. The Chorus in Antigone functions to incorporate the technique of metatheatre. The purpose of metatheatre is to provide a separation between the audience and the actors in the play through “constant direct and indirect reminders that what [the audience] is watching is a play” (Freeman xxxvii)....   [tags: Antigone, Medea the Chorus]
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Joining The Chorus - One of the greatest spectacles of Ancient Greek history was the art of the Tragedy. Audiences from all over the world would gather in search of theatricality and intellectual expression. This form of theatre held an element that allowed the audience experiencing it, to do so on an entirely new level. The incorporation and creation of the chorus had a tremendous effect on the overall experience of audiences everywhere. The Chorus remains onstage throughout the action of the play to show common emotion that the audience can relate to when the spectacle is being experienced....   [tags: Greek Tragedy, Nietzsche] 1803 words
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The Function of the Greek Chorus - As man conquers the natural forces of the world, his mental focus shifts from simply surviving to answering humanity's enduring question: Why. Writers are inspired by the fabric of their society—current events, historical milestones, and popular morality. The Greeks' skill in weaving stories and imagery was so intricately powerful that a complete universe was created in their legends. The chorus was one of the primary tools for elegantly setting the stage for such detailed works. In Mythology, Edith Hamilton exalts the works of Aeschylus, which heavily employ the chorus for context, saying “With Homer, they are the most important source for our knowledge of the myths.” (17) The chorus prov...   [tags: Ancient Greece]
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Henry V - In Henry V, the Chorus informs us before each act what happens and where the action takes place, notifies us if the play skips over certain periods of time. However, one of his main goals is to compensate for what the staging is unable to achieve, ask the audience to use their imagination, and try to see what cannot be shown on stage. If we read this speech, we can observe that everything the Chorus tells us can actually be summarized in a few sentences (The English fleet sails from Southampton and the siege of Harfleur begins by the English army....   [tags: Chorus] 941 words
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Susan Griffin's A Chorus of Stones - Through war and gender, Susan Griffin interplays between private tribulation and public tragedy. The excerpt, ‘Our Secret’, from her book,‘A Chorus of Stones’, helps to set information about the first atomic bombs. Griffin alternates between the information of the first atomic bombs and the struggles in the personal lives of regular people and major figures, such as, Heinrich Himmler and her own family. While reading ‘Our Secret’, the lessons of reading, writing, and thinking are iterated throughout the work....   [tags: Our Secret, Novel Analysis] 1493 words
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The Role of the Chorus in Ancient Greek Tragedies - The chorus’s perspective of justice works differently in Euripides’ Medea and Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers. In both The Libation Bearers and Medea, the driving force of vengeance links the chorus to each of the play’s protagonists. For both plays, the choruses begin with a strong support of their heroes with a belief that the course of action that those characters are pursuing for the sake of avenging the wrongs done to them or their families is just and right. The chorus of Medea, however, moves away from that original conviction in the moral justification of revenge....   [tags: Libation Bearers, Medea and Aeschylus] 1153 words
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The Greek Chorus - The Greek Chorus *No Works Cited Greek tragedy and comedy originated with the chorus, the most important part of the performance space was the orchestra, which means 'a place for dancing' (orchesis). A typical tragic Greek chorus was a group of some twelve to fifteen masked men just about to enter military service after some years of training (Athenians were taught to sing and dance from a very early age.) An old comedic chorus consisted of up to twenty four men. The effort of dancing and singing through three tragedies and a satyr play was likened to that of competing in the Olympic Games....   [tags: Papers] 361 words
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Role of the Chorus in Oedipus the King - What is the Role of the Chorus in Oedipus the King . In answering this question, I will look at the question in two ways. Firstly, I will look at the role of the chorus objectively, examining the basic role of the chorus in the play, and looking at the role of the Chorus as Sophocles would have intended the role of the Chorus to be understood. However, I will then look at how I think the Greek audience would have perceived the role of the Chorus and then how the role of the Chorus is perceived today by a 20th century and examine the key differences in the two different sets of perceptions....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 1308 words
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The Function of the Chorus in Henry V - The Function of the Chorus in Henry V "O for a muse of fire," The Chorus introduces the start of Henry V with imagery of flames and war. Shakespeare uses the Chorus to initiate the play and summarise each act to the audience before the next one begins. He is merely a tool to avoid the audience getting too confused. The function for the chorus is merely a practical one, by summarising the plot at every available opportunity; there is little chance for confusion, even if the audience do have to use their imagination....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Essays] 1672 words
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The Role of Chorus in Euripides' Medea - The Role of Chorus in Medea In section 18 of the Poetics Aristotle criticizes Euripides for not allowing "the chorus to be one of the actors and to be a part of the whole and to share in the dramatic action, . . . as in Sophocles." Aristotle may be thinking of the embolima of Euripides' later plays (satirized also by Aristophanes), but he is certainly wrong about the Medea. Its choral odes are not only all intimately related to the action but are also essential for the meaning of the play, particularly because here, as elsewhere (e.g....   [tags: Euripides Medea Essays] 627 words
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What Is the Role of the Chorus in Medea? - In Medea an essential character is the chorus of Corinthian women. They help obtain Euripides' truly genius paradox of achieving empathy from the readers for a mother who sheds her own children's blood. One of the major turning points in the play is when Medea asks for the chorus of women's silence as she contrives an evil plot to gain revenge. They agree immediately and are henceforth wrapped up in the play and the malicious plot. "This I promise. You are right, Medea, / In paying your husband back....   [tags: World Literature] 664 words
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Euripides' The Medea: Medea and the Chorus - Medea and the Chorus The exchange that takes place between Medea and the Chorus serves several purposes in Euripides' tragedy, The Medea. It allows us to sympathize with Medea in spite of her tragic flaws. It also foreshadows the tragic events that will come to pass. Finally, it contrasts rationality against vengeance and excess. The Chorus offers the sane view of the world to the somewhat insane characters of Medea, Jason, and Creon. As the passage begins on page 176, the leader of the Chorus reveals that she has high regards for Medea despite the fact that she is "savage still." She acknowledges Medea as a foreigner and an outsider and yet is sympathetic towards her....   [tags: Euripides] 292 words
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What is the main contribution made by the chorus in The Burial at Thebes? - Heaney’s play The Burial at Thebes is a version of the Greek tragedy Antigone by the Athenian dramatist Sophocles (c496-406 BCE). According to Heaney it is not a translation but a version as he was “looking for meaning not language” (Heaney, 2009, CDA5937, The Burial at Thebes - Interviews). This is in keeping with the commissioning of the play to celebrate 100 years of the Abbey theatre in 2004 as the founders, W.B Yeats and Lady Gregory, were Irish “cultural nationalists” (Hardwick, 2008, p193) ....   [tags: Theatre]
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chorus role in medea - The Chorus influences our response to Medea and her actions in both a positive and negative manner. The Chorus, a body of approximately fifteen Corinthian women who associate the audience with the actors, is able to persuade and govern us indirectly through sympathy for what has been done to Medea, a princess of Colchis and the victim of her husband’s betrayal of love for another woman. The Chorus also lead us to through sympathy for Medea to accept her decision of taking revenge on princess Glauce and Jason....   [tags: essays research papers] 798 words
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The Role of the Chorus in Ancient Greek Plays - The Role of the Chorus in Ancient Greek Plays *Works Cited Not Included In ancient Greek plays, the role of the chorus was to sing lyrical passages. The lyrical passages were set up by the writer and the chorus would then perform dance movements to compliment those lyrics. In today's day and age, it is the cast members in many musicals who depict the role as the chorus. However, in some cases, the chorus also helps assist the modern reader in interpreting ancient terminology used during that period....   [tags: Papers] 552 words
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Changing Views of The Chorus in Sophocles' Antigone - Changing Views of The Chorus in Antigone   The chorus, a group of common people who follow the actions of the play Antigone, waver in their support of either Antigone or Creon, depending on their actions during a particular part of the story-line.  Early in the play it is evident that they are extremely pro-Creon, but a short time later they seem to sway into the direction of Antigone and support her actions.  This incongruency about the them, however, was an extremely interesting feature of this Sophocles drama, causing the reader to question the reliability of the chorus....   [tags: Antigone essays]
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Functions of the Chorus in Shakespeare's Henry V - Functions of the Chorus in Shakespeare's Henry V In Shakespeare's Henry V, the chorus plays a prominent role. There are few other plays written by Shakespeare that include a chorus, however in no other play does the chorus have such an important role. The principal purpose of the chorus is that of story telling. The chorus acts as a guide for the audience, narrating parts that wouldn't fit into the action of the play. For example in the Act II Chorus, we are told about treason: 'The sum is paid, the traitors are agreed, the king is now set from London, and the scene is now transported, gentles, to Southampton.' As we can see, the chorus reviews what has happened...   [tags: Papers] 2782 words
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Chorus Intervention in Aeschylus' the Eumenides and Agamemnon - In The Eumenides and Agamemnon of The Oresteia trilogy, Aeschylus constructs an over-arching metaphor for elements of the new Athenian democracy. The chorus in each play represents the people who feel under-represented and disrespected, by the society's changing values. In The Eumenides, the chorus of Furies is frustrated with the younger gods and infringements on their power; in Agamemnon the chorus fears more the control of an effective woman in Clytemnestra rather than the leadership of fruitless Agamemnon....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 764 words
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Shakespeare's Use of the Chorus in Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's Use of the Chorus in Romeo and Juliet The chorus appears at the beginning of act one and at the beginning of act two. In the first chorus in act one they basically say that there are two households that are both arguing lover a long term grudge and that because of this both families children (Romeo and Juliet) are going to die. This happens because they are both madly in love with one another. Shakespeare tells us that our two main characters are going to die at the start because it makes the audience tense and then Shakespeare can focus on how it all happened rather than what happened....   [tags: Papers] 1193 words
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The Lancastrian Avenger Queen Margaret In Richard III: Chorus, Prophetess, and Conscience - The premise of William Shakespeare’s circa 1597 historic tragedy Richard III relies on the violent struggle between two noble houses, the Lancastrians and the Yorkists, known as the Wars of the Roses. Even though it can stand entirely on its own, the preceding plays of this tetralogy, 1 Henry VI, 2 Henry VI, and 3 Henry VI brilliantly sketch the foreground for Richard III as it picks up directly from the events described in 3 Henry VI. The last Lancastrian king, Henry VI, and his heir, Prince Edward, have been killed and Richard’s eldest brother has been crowned King Edward IV....   [tags: Wars of the Roses, English Plays]
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The Importance of the Role That the Chorus Plays in Euripedes’ Medea - The Importance of the Role That the Chorus Plays in Euripedes’ Medea The Chorus is very much an important part of Euripedes’ Medea, and indeed many other works written in the ancient Greek style. In this play, it follows the journey Medea makes, and not only narrates, but commentates on what is happening. Euripedes uses the Chorus as a literary device to raise certain issues, and to influence where the sympathies of the audience lie. In the list of characters at the beginning of the play, the Chorus is stated to be a chorus of Corinthian Women....   [tags: Euripedes Medea] 1154 words
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The Role of the Chorus in Henry V by William Shakespeare - The Role of the Chorus in Henry V by William Shakespeare The role of the Chorus in the Shakespeare's play, Henry V, is significant. Due to the subject matter that the play deals with, it is hard to present in the way that it deserves. The Chorus helps the audience follow the play by helping them to picture things as they were through the use of imagery. It uses descriptive language in describing events that take place in the play. The Chorus also helps in making the plot of the play flow together better by filling the time lapses that occur between acts due to the fact that the event being depicted in only a few hours actually occurred over several years, leaving some gaps between events....   [tags: Papers] 1166 words
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Comparing Today's Media and the Chorus of Sophocles' play, Antigone - Comparing Today's Media and the Chorus of Sophocles' play, Antigone When you think of ancient Greece, what do you think of. Do you think of outrageous myths and impossible art. Do you think ancient Greek culture has absolutely no effect on today. What many people don't realize is that the ancient Greeks have immensely affected the world today. The chorus in Sophocles' play, Antigone greatly relates to Daniel McGinn's article, "Guilt Free TV." Antigone is a girl who wants to obey the gods and give her deceased brother a proper burial even though her uncle, Creon, King of Thebes, forbids it by law....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Comparing The Chorus of Sophocles' Antigone and America's News Channels - Comparing The Chorus of Sophocles' Antigone and America's News Channels The Greek Chorus is very similar to America's news channels because it brings the people the news in a way that they can understand it. The play Antigone by Sophocles is a tragic drama structured around the argument between a king and two sisters about the burial of their brother. Antigone can be compared to the conflict surrounding granting illegal immigrants amnesty. The Chorus is a group of people who provide background information, interpret the information, and relate it to human nature....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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A Report on Lifeline for Children’s Choir Directors - Mrs. Bartle employs a little bit of four of each of the methods shared in (the vocal pedagogy) class. She uses a lot of the Westminister method but borrows from the others. The others she borrows from are Christiansen, Fred Warning and Wilson/Klein. Much of what she writes, is from her own life’s career experiences as a choral director. The first subject she deals with is the director’s attitude. A director should have a positive attitude. (p. 3, Bartle) In chapter two she discusses the development of a child’s voice in a mechanistic way....   [tags: Choir Chorus Singing Papers Vocal Music]
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George Handel - George Handel was one of the best composers of his time. Handel really didn’t grow up with music but when he got the hang of it there was no looking back. Handel was not your average child, he became great at what he did at a young age. “By the age of eleven, Handel was able not only to compose but also to give organ lessons(Kamien 169). Handel played several instruments and begin playing in operas before he was twenty-one. Handel father was important factor of his life, he was the one that let Handel pursue music full-time at a young age....   [tags: Music, Operas, Allelujah Chorous] 612 words
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Chores on a Sunny Day - The warming rays of the sun slowly peeked through the window and into my room. As every morning begins, I am awakened by these beams of light shining in my face. As I sat up, I looked out my bedroom window. Through the thick brush of trees, I see what little sun I can as it casts its sunbeams in every direction. It illuminated the ground and the woods; the colors of which were slightly off, almost like looking at them through a stained window pane. I watched the sun climb higher into the sky. But the higher it got the less time I realized I had to play....   [tags: sunbeams, play, objects, fort, tone] 1575 words
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Chores Teach Children Responsibility - Children need to learn responsibility at an early age. It is something that can be taught to them by implementing small changes into their routine. These changes will help instill pride and the idea of accomplishment. Once present, they will want to continue this positive feedback, which in turn will teach them responsibility. Chores teach children responsibility. The chores should be age appropriate. As the children mature, the chores they receive can become more complicated. These chores should vary, in order to teach the children different skills and to maintain fairness, if a parent has more than one child....   [tags: parenting, early childhood, ] 710 words
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Gender Inequality: The Allocation of Household Chores - Gender is defined as the scopes of genetic, physical, mental and behaviour characteristics pertaining to, and differentiating between, masculinity and feminity, meanwhile inequality is defined as in a situation where there is an unfair situation or treatment in which certain people have more privileges or better opportunities or chances than other people. Thus, from the definition stated gender inequality refers to unequal or unfair management, treatment, or perceptions of persons or individuals are based on their gender....   [tags: gender, feminity, masculinity]
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Disney Princess Pictures: Chores, Mirrors, and Chameleons - Disney Princess Pictures: Chores, Mirrors, and Chameleons At the start of Walt Disney Pictures’ Tangled, a title card cataloging the feature as Walt Disney Animation Studio’s 50th Animated Motion Picture appeared. The studio’s first animated motion picture, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered to audiences in 1937. Over this 73 year gap and 50-movie timeline, how has the Disney animated motion picture changed, or even so, not changed at all. Both features follow the tale of their respective heroine, Snow White in Snow White, and Rapunzel in Tangled....   [tags: Disney Analysis]
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August Chores - August can be a terrific month in the garden. Traditionally August is the beginning of the tomato harvest season and all warm season vegetables should be maturing this month. In addition, gardeners can plan for fall crops of lettuce, spinach and other greens. August is not all sweetness and light however. Heat, insects and disease can take their toll. Don't let neglect destroy a summer's work. Weed, water and watch. Stressed plants are more susceptible to the ravages of disease and insects, and an overly-dry plant is a stressed one....   [tags: Gardening ] 627 words
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Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles and Darker Face of the Earth, by Rita Dove - Throughout literature authors have written to express a message to their intended audience. This is no exception for the plays, Oedipus Rex and Darker Face of the Earth, written by Sophocles and Rita Dove, respectively. The similarities in plot, characters, and motifs are not the sole concurrencies between both plays; the overall message to the audiences in both plays is one in the same, one cannot escape their fate. Sophocles and Dove both illuminate this message through their use of the chorus....   [tags: Perspective on Fate]
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Characteristics of William Shakespeare´s Play - ... From the outset, the play suggests the impossibility of presenting the events as they really were, as the Chorus vainly wishes for “[a] kingdom for a stage, princes to act, / and monarchs to behold the swelling scene” (Act 1, Prologue,3–4). Back in the Elizabethan Era there were no movies or hockey games, most people looked forward to going to the afternoon play. These plays that lasted for days were the highlight of most peoples day. The chorus was also in a lively mood, encouraging the audience to using their imagination....   [tags: Henry V, chrous, analysis]
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Analysing Popular Music: Theory, Method and Practise - ‘Analysing popular music: theory, method and practise’ (Tagg, 1982) is an article that illustrates brilliantly the issues and nuances of analysing and discussing popular music. It lays out a scientific method for achieving analytical goals, using some of Tagg’s previous work to help explain his methodology and process. In the first part of this essay, I will discuss the analysis of ‘Kojak Theme’ (Goldenberg, 1973) and ABBA’s ‘Fernando’ (ABBA, 1976) that Tagg writes about in his work. Tagg’s method on analysis is based on hypothetical subsitition of musical material to provide a background to make an analysis....   [tags: KOJAK theme, abba's fernando, music]
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How to Cope with Conflicts in A Romantic Relationship - Campbell, Simpson, Boldry, & Kashy (2005) said romantic relationships has the similarity to riding roller coasters because of its amazing highs and lows. In certain relationships, these types of roller coaster events occur on a daily basis with their romantic spouse. Latest research states “Perceptions of daily relationship events strongly color how individuals construe their romantic partners’ underlying motives and intentions and that these construals can have consequences for the future of their relationships” (Campbell, Simpson, Boldry, & Kashy, 2005, pg....   [tags: anxious people, house chores, finances]
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Methapor in Oedipus by Sophocles - Oedipus Media Assignment The pack of sure-foot Fates will track him down. The metaphor is presented by “the pack of sure-foot Fates” which refers to a pack of hounds that will catch their target no matter what and track them down. Significantly proving that it is impossible to escape your fate, yet alone outrunning a pack hounds. This is an image of a pack of hounds tracking the killer in a Forest. The symbol on the collar is to portray them as Fate. The dark figure of the Laius’ murderer is not known to the chorus....   [tags: apollo, prophecies] 566 words
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Clytemnestra: Not Another Homeric Savage - The Greek interpretation of what makes a man “civilized” and what makes him “savage” is a recurring theme throughout the ancient epics, battle narratives, and dramas, including Aeschylus’ Agamemnon. In this first installment of The Oresteia, the chorus of Argive elders expresses keen outrage at the killing of Agamemnon, which suggests that they equate savagery with the madness they see in Clytemnestra: “just as your mind is maddened by the bloody deed, the blood-fleck in your eyes is clear to see” (1426-1427)....   [tags: Aeschylus's Agamemnon] 1333 words
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The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ Play, Oedipus the King - The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ Play, Oedipus the King The 1st Stasimon in Sophocles’ play ‘Oedipus the King’ is mainly showing the Chorus’ confusion in regards to Tiresias’ accusations made towards Oedipus. The Chorus seem terrified and powerless, and, like Oedipus, do not want to believe the accusations. They feel that the gods know the truth, yet will not reveal it, thus feeling as though the gods are of no real help. There are many issues and techniques to be discussed in regards to the 1st Stasimon, one of these being the significance of the section....   [tags: Oedipus the King Oedipus Rex] 2687 words
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Tragic Heroines: Medea and Clytemnestra - Aristotle (384-322 B.C. believed that tragedy, as an imitation or mimesis of life as it could be, held more importance than history, which simply records the past. He considered that performance of a tragedy provided the perfect cathartic experience for an audience, leaving them spiritually purified and inspired. He felt spectators seeing and experiencing great hardship befall the play’s hero or heroine would achieve this emotional state and benefit from it. The tragic hero, according to Aristotle, must be essentially good and be of high or noble birth....   [tags: Aristotle, Greek tragedies, literature]
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Sophocles' Antigone, Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, Jean Anouilh's Antigone and Ridley Scott's Blad - Sophocles' Antigone, Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, Jean Anouilh's Antigone and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner The representative population of a community is not comfortable when confronted by an individual who defies the laws that bind them. Whether or not the laws or the powers behind them are just, the populace must deal with any challenge to their authority. In some cases, the community, fearful of a powerful regime, will side with that power and avoid the risks associated with rebellion....   [tags: Prometheus Bound Antigone Blade Runner] 3205 words
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A Look at Working Women: The Beginning and the Road Blocks - ... Whether the jobs were due to the need of two incomes or the freedom to put off childbirth until later, the door to employment for women in the job market was open for acceptance. Another social phenomena came to the forefront. Divorced women, who were single parents and now needed to financially support themselves and their children. These women needed to enter the workforce (p.9). Since women were largely kept out of higher education opportunities, meant they were relegated to low-wage, low education entry level positions....   [tags: world war II, leaders, household chores]
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Review of Carlo Goldoni´s The Foxy Widow - The UIC Theater presented Carlo Goldoni’s The Foxy Widow directed by Paola Coletto. The Foxy Widow is set in the 18th century in Venice, Italy; where Rosaura, a widow, is seeking a suitable match so she can be a widow again someday. After spending most of her youth on an arranged marriage with an old wealthy man, Rosaura searched for “true” love with no boundaries and make up for lost time with a young man instead. After a party, four young men had fallen for the widow Rosaura. Each one of the four men had different backgrounds, cultures, personalities, and passions....   [tags: UIC Theater, Paolo Coletto] 1143 words
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The Life of Georg Fredric Handel - Georg Fredric Handel Eccentric art and musical styles it what comes to most minds at the mention of the Baroque Era, and for good reason too. This was a time when many renowned composers and musicians, such a Bach, Handel and Strozzi were in their musical prime. The era itself was named for the differing musical styles that were emerging during it, that consequently changed how music was both played and written for the world after. Handel was among one of the most recognized and accomplished composers of this time, completing hundreds of compositions in differing styles in record time....   [tags: Biography]
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Choruses – what is the importance of these speeches in Dr. Faustus? - Choruses – what is the importance of these speeches in Dr. Faustus. The essential function of the chorus speeches are as a commentary, an omnipotent voice which observes Faustus’s actions, clarifies his character and by foreseeing his change in fortunes, heightens the anticipation of the audience. Also, rather like dressing Mephastoples in a Friar costume, the chorus speeches are a practical device used by Marlowe to communicate aspects of the play which are simply impossible to perform on stage....   [tags: English Literature] 1325 words
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Analysis of Aeschylus Agamemnon - Analysis of Aeschylus Agamemnon Characters- The Watchman Clytaemnestra The Herald Agamemnon Cassandra Aegisthus The Chorus 1). The Watchman: • The watchman sets the time and place for the play (Agamemnon’s palace in Argos, the house of Atreus); he describes the many miserable nights he has spent on the rooftop of the palace watching for the signal fires that will herald the fall of Troy. • The watchman is one Aeschylus’s small characters, but like the herald he serves an important role as he not only sets the scene but also perhaps portrays the mood of Argos awaiting their king and soldiers return....   [tags: Greek Dramatist Plays Literature Essays] 4506 words
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Prometheus Bound - Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound conveys the ambiguity of fate through its protagonist, Prometheus, and the abuse of his foresight. Despite being confined and tortured at the top of a mountain, Prometheus adamantly reassures himself that he will be set free. As Prometheus is in pain, he says it will be “smoothed quite away,” this prophesizes Zeus having to forcibly reconcile with Prometheus. This also proves Prometheus unrelenting in his efforts to face challenge. Zeus mistakes Prometheus’ intelligence for hubris, and this is why he plans to keep him shackled for eternity....   [tags: Mythology] 693 words
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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare The first scene of the two film versions of Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann and Franco Zeffirelli is a very unusual and interesting interpretation of the 16th century play, written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare. Both Luhrmann and Zeffirelli capture the love and tragedy story in different ways. Baz Luhrmann very cleverly manages to weave the past into the present by setting the movie in Shakespearean language and yet giving the film a very modern twist....   [tags: Papers] 2063 words
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