Chapter 4
 Genre A French word meaning “category” or “type” Oldest and best-know genres are:▪ Tragedy▪ Comedy2© 2013 The McGraw-H...
 Traditional Tragedy Tragic Heroes and Heroines▪ A person of stature—king, queen, general▪ Stand as symbols of an entire...
 Modern Tragedy No queens or kings as central figures Written in prose rather than poetry Probe the same depths and as...
 Characteristics of Comedy Suspension of Natural Laws Contrast Between Individuals and the SocialOrder The Comic Premi...
 Forms of Comedy Farce▪ Thrives on exaggeration▪ Has no intellectual pretensions▪ Aims are entertainment and laughter▪ H...
 Forms of Comedy continued Burlesque▪ Relies on knockabout physical humor, grossexaggeration, and occasional vulgarity▪ ...
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 Forms of Comedy continued Satire▪ Uses wit, especially sophisticated language; irony;and exaggeration to expose or atta...
 Forms of Comedy continued Comedy of Manners▪ Concerned with pointing up the foibles andpeculiarities of the upper class...
 Heroic Drama Serious drama that has heroic or noblecharacters and certain other traits of classictragedy Has a happy e...
 Melodrama Means “song drama” or “music drama” Originally comes from the Greek Made popular by the French “Music” ref...
 Melodrama continued Relies on surface effects that createsuspense, fear, nostalgia, etc. Heroes and heroines are clear...
 Domestic Drama Deals with people from everyday life insteadof kings, queens, and nobility Common themes are:▪ Problems...
 Tragicomedy▪ Point of view is mixed▪ Prevailing attitude is a synthesis, or fusion, of theserious and the comic Shakesp...
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  1. 1. Chapter 4
  2. 2.  Genre A French word meaning “category” or “type” Oldest and best-know genres are:▪ Tragedy▪ Comedy2© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  3. 3.  Traditional Tragedy Tragic Heroes and Heroines▪ A person of stature—king, queen, general▪ Stand as symbols of an entire culture or society▪ Trapped in a fateful web of tragic circumstances Tragic Fate Acceptance of Responsibility Tragic Verse The Effects of Tragedy3© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  4. 4.  Modern Tragedy No queens or kings as central figures Written in prose rather than poetry Probe the same depths and ask the samequestions4© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  5. 5.  Characteristics of Comedy Suspension of Natural Laws Contrast Between Individuals and the SocialOrder The Comic Premise5© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  6. 6.  Forms of Comedy Farce▪ Thrives on exaggeration▪ Has no intellectual pretensions▪ Aims are entertainment and laughter▪ Has excessive plot complications▪ Humor results from ridiculous situations as well aspratfalls and horseplay6© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  7. 7.  Forms of Comedy continued Burlesque▪ Relies on knockabout physical humor, grossexaggeration, and occasional vulgarity▪ Historically, it was a ludicrous imitation of otherforms of drama7© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  8. 8. 8© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  9. 9.  Forms of Comedy continued Satire▪ Uses wit, especially sophisticated language; irony;and exaggeration to expose or attack evil andfoolishness Domestic Comedy▪ Usually deals with family situations▪ Found in TV situation comedies9© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  10. 10.  Forms of Comedy continued Comedy of Manners▪ Concerned with pointing up the foibles andpeculiarities of the upper class▪ Uses verbal wit Comedy of Ideas▪ Uses comic techniques to debate intellectualpropositions such as the nature of war, cowardice,and romance10© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  11. 11.  Heroic Drama Serious drama that has heroic or noblecharacters and certain other traits of classictragedy Has a happy ending Assumes a basically optimistic worldview© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 11
  12. 12.  Melodrama Means “song drama” or “music drama” Originally comes from the Greek Made popular by the French “Music” refers to the background music thataccompanied these plays12© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  13. 13.  Melodrama continued Relies on surface effects that createsuspense, fear, nostalgia, etc. Heroes and heroines are clearly delineatedfrom villains Has easily recognizable stock characters Virtue is always victorious Has a suspenseful plot13© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  14. 14.  Domestic Drama Deals with people from everyday life insteadof kings, queens, and nobility Common themes are:▪ Problems of society▪ Struggles within a family▪ Dashed hopes▪ Renewed determination14© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  15. 15.  Tragicomedy▪ Point of view is mixed▪ Prevailing attitude is a synthesis, or fusion, of theserious and the comic Shakespearean Tragicomedy Modern Tragicomedy15© 2013 The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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