The Elizabethan Era is so significant because of their entertainment, fashion, and their art.
"Drama is an art form that tells a story through the speech and actions of the characters in the story. Although drama is a form of literature, it differs from other literary forms in the way it is presented.The basic elements of drama—feelings, desires, conflicts, and reconciliations—are the major ingredients of human experience.Drama probably gets most of its effectiveness from its ability to give order and clarity to human experience," (Novick 6).
In drama, people play/act out characters. It's different from other forms of literature because how it is presented and has four main elements. Drama is effective because of how it relates to human experiences.
"Drama may have developed from ancient religious ceremonies that were performed to win favor from the gods. Another theory suggests that drama originated in choral hymns of praise sung at the tomb of a dead hero. According to a third theory, drama grew out of a natural love of storytelling," (Novick 6).
Nobody is sure how drama originated. There are three theories of how it came to be. It could've been from ancient religious ceremonies, choral hymns of praise to dead hero's, or out of the natural love of story telling.
"Among the many forms of Western drama are (1) tragedy, (2) serious drama, (3) melodrama, and (4) comedy. Many plays combine forms. Modern dramatists often disregard these categories and create new forms," (Novick 4).
The four main forms would be tragedy, serious drama, melodrama, and also comedy. Many shows have combined all four forms. Many dramatists have used their own new forms instead of using the original forms.
"In it, he identified the parts of a tragedy as (1) plot, (2) character, (3) thought, (4) diction, (5) music, and (6) spectacle," (Novick 5).
These six elements are all the things that put drama together. It is not just tragedy.
"Character is the principal material from which a plot is created," (Novick 5).
The characters are a big part in a play obviously. They must be able to fit the requirements to play a role in the show.
"Spectacle deals with the visual aspects of a play, especially the physical actions of the characters," (Novick 6).
The Spectacle is the one who is in charge of everything. He or she is the one that basically puts the show together.
"In 1599, Burbage's theater was torn down and its timbers were used by Shakespeare and his company to build the Globe Theatre," (Anderson 3).
"Popular pleasures during the Elizabethan Age included archery, bowls (similar to bowling), and dancing," (Bumgardner 7).
During this time period, they enjoyed music, dancing, archery, etc. The wealthy people were expected to play instruments.
"The English also enjoyed dressing up for masques, pageants, and plays at Christmas and other special times," (Bumgardner 6).
"The stage was "set" by the language," (Anderson 4).
"Romeo and Juliet was probably among the early plays that Shakespeare wrote, between 1594 and 1596," (Anderson 5).
"Elizabeth's court was the center of everything. It was the center for writers, musicians, and scholars. It is as fresh and relevant today as when the thesis out of which it was constructed was finished in 1957, or the book itself published in 1967. It represents the basic starting point for anyone interested in post-reformation religion or politics," (Lake 4).
"Strict rules regulated clothing, land ownership, marriage, and religion," (Bumgardner 7)
They were only allowed to wear certain outfits to church. Some forms of behavior were not allowed either.
"In the latter half of Elizabeth’s reign, she actively persecuted Catholics,"(Bumgardner 8).
A lot of English people would dress up for special occasions. A lot would be executed for horrible behavior at the church.
Anderson, Robert. “Shakespeare And His Theater: A Perfect Match.” Holt Literature & Language Arts: Mastering the California Standards: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, by G. Kylene Beers et al., Austin, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 2003, pp. 778-80.
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Novick, Julius. “Drama.” World Book Advancd. World Book, 2016. Web. 4 Dec. 2016.