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ERIC Number: ED015909
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 106
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DRAMA--TRAGEDY (OEDIPUS, MACBETH, GHOSTS), COMEDY (THE RIVALS, MAJOR BARBARA). LITERATURE CURRICULUM V, TEACHER AND STUDENT VERSIONS.
KITZHABER, ALBERT R.
TRAGIC AND COMIC FORMS OF DRAMA ARE EXPLORED IN THIS TWO-PART 11TH-GRADE LITERATURE UNIT. A SECTION ON TRAGEDY, TREATING THREE PLAYS, EMPHASIZES STRUCTURAL DIVISIONS, CONVENTIONS, AND SUBJECT MATTER PECULIAR TO THIS TYPE OF DRAMA. FOLLOWING A DISCUSSION OF THE CLASSICAL GREEK THEATRE AND THE ARISTOTELIAN VIEW OF TRAGEDY, THE FORM AND THEME OF "OEDIPUS THE KING" ARE ANALYZED. NOTES ON "MACBETH" ILLUSTRATE THE CONVENTIONS OF THE FIVE-ACT SHAKESPEAREAN PLAY AND EXPLICATE THE PLAY'S PLOT STRUCTURE, THEMATIC MOTIFS, POETRY, USE OF DRAMATIC IRONY, AND THE CAUSE-EFFECT MOTIVATIONS DICTATING TRAGIC ACTION. TO HELP MAKE MODERN TRAGEDY INTELLIGIBLE, SHAKESPEAREAN AND CLASSICAL GREEK TRAGEDIES ARE COMPARED TO IBSEN'S "GHOSTS," A TRAGEDY OF THE COMMON MAN. IN THE SECOND SECTION, THE NATURE OF COMEDY IS CONTRASTED WITH THE NATURE OF TRAGEDY, AND SHERIDAN'S "THE RIVALS" IS ANALYZED AS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF THE 18TH-CENTURY COMEDY OF MANNERS. IN ADDITION, SHAW'S "MAJOR BARBARA" IS TREATED FOR ITS PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH DRAMA AND FOR ITS PRESENTATION OF CONTROVERSIAL IDEAS. A DISCUSSION OF THE TEXT AND STUDY QUESTIONS ARE PROVIDED FOR EACH PLAY. SEE ALSO ED 010 129 THROUGH ED 010 160, ED 010 803 THROUGH ED 010 832, TE 000 195 THROUGH TE 000 220, AND TE 000 227 THROUGH TE 000 249. (JB)
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Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene.
Identifiers: OREGON CURRICULUM STUDY CENTER; Oregon (Eugene); PROJECT ENGLISH