"We saw her lying: she had made a noose of her fine linen veil and
hanged herself. Haimon lay beside her, his love lost under ground, crying out
that his father had stolen her away from him." Throughout history plays have
evolved in many ways. For example, the theaters where they hold plays have
changed drastically from the original theater. Costumes are another item that
has changed, but the content of the play has always been similar, ever since
they created the very first play. Most plays have the same motifs, and have
relied on tragedy to form the play. The play, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man
in The Moon Marigolds has taken several aspects from Greek drama, specifically
from the play Oedipus.
The play The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in The Moon Marigolds and both
Antigone and Oedipus have used the same ideas and they both have very similar
aspects to them. Although they created the modern play many years after the
other two, there are still signs of the old style of writing in them, just like
there are in most plays. For example, these three plays use the same motifs in
their main themes, in fact they all use pretty much the same themes, and have
the same morals. Just like plays passed on from generation to generation, modern
plays also have morals in them, and many of those morals are similar. For
example, the theme of Antigone and Oedipus was that we should listen to others,
and we shouldn't think that we are always right, because there are always people
who know more than we do. The theme from The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in
The Moon Marigolds is very similar. They all teach us that we should be honest,
and we should listen to others.
Both ancient and modern plays rely on tragedy in the plot lines. Tragedy
is used for many reasons; to foreshadow upcoming events, make conflict in the
play, to show the reader the consequences of different actions, to arouse the
emotions of pity and fear, wonder and awe, to explore the... [continues]
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