Honors 10-Page Argumentative
05 December, 2012
Theater and Our Modern Theater/Film Industry
Where would our film industry be without having the roots of Greek theater and drama? Of course western civilization has been greatly influenced by the Ancient Greeks and their many amazing and great creations, but we have been especially influenced by their theater arts, dramatic arts and classical stories of tragedy, comedy, love, and satire. Without the influence of traditional Greek Theater, our modern drama would not be where it is today. The Greeks set a great foundation for us to build our theater and drama upon. Where did Greek theater come from, you ask? Greek theater and dramatic arts came from stories that were staged and rehearsed for either religious performances or matters, or for celebrations very divine and dear to the Greeks, such as the great celebration of Dionysus, the God of Wine and Fertility (Gross). The first recorded playwright was none other than Aeschylus himself. Aeschylus claimed that Dionysus came to him in his dreams and ordered him to write and create stories and plays for his entertainment (Fuentes). This is why the Greeks specifically performed during the great ceremony of Dionysus, to please him (Gross). The idea eventually caught on and Aeschylus came to become one of the world’s most memorable and classic playwrights of all time. If the Greeks did not possess the passion and fondness that they did for their expressive theater, drama would definitely be way less entertaining and motivating. It is because of them that we have the great entertainment and cultural influences that we do (Ancient Greece Influence on America). First came acting and role playing originally from the Greeks playwrights and actors; without the Greeks actually not creating the stage or stories, we may come to wonder where our modern drama and theater arts would originally be today. The Greeks took their entertainment and enjoyment of entertainment very seriously (Shah). It is clear that many used drama as a way of investigating and acknowledging the world around them in which they lived in and were from. Drama and theater helped the Greeks to understand what it meant to be human, and what it meant to have feelings and emotions. The Greeks allowed actors and performers to be broad, exciting, and gave them an excuse to be different, to be someone else, to be somebody they could never be in their real lives. It helped them to open more doors to variety, differences, and opportunities that made all the difference (Damen). There were three different types of genres of Greek theater, all strong enough to become, and stand up alone as their own categories of entertainment. There was Tragedy, Satire, and Comedy (Myth : Myth and History). The most important and influential to the Greeks though, was Tragedy. Of course they loved Satire and Comedy because Satire was always critical of the thoughts and actions of others. It made the subject seem comical as well as critical. They also loved Comedy because, like society today, everyone loves to have a good laugh once in a while (Guderson). Most of all, the Greeks absolutely loved Tragedy because it not only told a story (or more within one itself), it also was able to get deep under the emotions of the audience, pulling at their heart strings and feelings regarding tragedy. Tragedy has been such a great influence and has been so successful in both bringing in good money for the performers and industry, as well as successfully engaging the emotions and feelings of the audience (Finger). Tragedy survives up to this day. Whether it be big or small, it appears in almost all actions movies, romance movies, and especially on almost all live performances. It comes and appears in many forms, therefore, it has been the most successful of genres to this day (Cinema Statistics). In the time of the Greeks, there were no...