Differences Between Medieval Theatre And Medieval Ans Renaissance

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Societies progress can lead to intercultural similarities, and vastily obvious differences. These influences can be seen within the contemporary theatre of the times, explaining and progressing the status of community through storytelling and performance. The reactions to these changes are important, and help shape the society we have today. These elements are best seen between the medieval ans renaissance period. The medieval period references to the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century A.D. to the beginning of the Renaissance in approximately the 15th century A.D. During this time period the Church ruled the people, there were only the rich versus the poor, and the every day life of common folk was consumed with the thought…show more content…
Both medieval theatre and that of the renaissance, in particular commedia dell’arte, had symbolic characters. In commedia, each actor would play a character who took on a stereotype of society; the Capitan was a egotistical forgein military leader who was actually a coward, the Zani embodied the many migrants who worked the land or sold at the market. In medieval morality plays, the lead character would meet personified versions of morals, allowing him to choose the church chosen path of God. These symbolic characters allowed those within the audience to understand the bigger picture, and see themselves within the play. These two different forms of theatre where also shown outside, with the morality and cycle plays (though beginning in churchs for the pilgrims) shown on large moving floats, allowing each set and scene to play out as it passed the onlooking crowd. Commedia would also show outside, usually in marketplaces or outside pubs. This was to gain the highest amount of viewers possible. Both times of theatre had traveling troupes of actors, and it was through medieval plays that those who travelled for commedia were able to…show more content…
During the mid 14th century, the black plague was running rampant. The church, being a state of God, did not know how to cure these people, causing those who came to them in need, asking why God was killing their family and friends, to become disillusioned. This caused many to turn away from the church, and look inwards instead, leading to the hugely influencial humanist movement. It was through these changes within their society that theatre was able to change and blossom into an act of freedom, a means in which society and state could be critiqued, a way to bring their viewers some escape from their hard laberous
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