Naturalism in Depth

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Naturalism|
Task 3|
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Assignment 5: Unit 43 Naturalistic Acting|
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Lyndsay Cader|
5/6/2013|
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ContentsPage
The context of the movement Naturalism1-5
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All Natural1
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In Laymen’s terms1
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The father of Naturalism1-2
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The Origin of naturalism2
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Naturalist Aesthetics2
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Critique of Naturalism3
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An interesting view3
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Anti-naturalism3
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Naturalism… The centuries special3
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Precisely Naturalism4
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Natural momentum…4
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Psychoanalysis of naturalism4
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Truly Natural… 5
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Moving Naturalism5
The aims of the movement naturalism6
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Why naturalism?6
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Pessimism is a state of mind6
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Romantic???? Hai hai hai!!!6
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Art + science = Naturalist6
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Less is more… In reverse…6

The context of the movement Naturalism
All Natural
Naturalism is a movement in European drama and theatre that developed in the late 19th early 20th century. This refers to theatre that attempts to create a perfect illusion of reality through various dramatic and theatrical strategies and technique. Very detailed three dimensional sets play a key role in this style of drama. This brought Darwin’s theory of the determining role an environment has in the staging of drama. In this style of drama the speech is generally more common and in a prose form rather than poetic form.

In Laymen’s terms
“Naturalism is considered a secular world-view; an exclusive focus on subjects that are contemporary and indigenous; an extension of social range of characters portrayal and a style of acting that attempts to recreate the impression of reality.” In other words the extra ordinary are all taken out in this form of theatre and the truth and reality or actuality of the character becomes key or rather is key. Naturalism is used to portray to an audience how these circumstances would really be should this be anyone’s actual reality. Still images are seldom used as this does not show the full quality of this style of drama. The idea behind naturalism is to show an audience through the characters true feelings, which in turn allows the character to truly touch the audience. The father of Naturalism

Emile Zola’s 1980 essay, Naturalism on stage is known as the explicit advocate of Naturalism. Naturalistic writers were influenced by the theory of evolution. It was believed that a person’s heredity and social environment determined the character. Naturalism set out to find the scientific forces which made or created the given person or character which influenced the actions of this character. Naturalism is the direct opposite of romanticism, where symbolism; idealism and the super natural all play a major role in the character. Naturalism portrays the dark harshness of reality which mainly includes poverty; racism; sex; prejudice; disease; prostitution and filth. This resulted in naturalists being accused of being too blunt which they would argue is simply the reality. Stanislavsky argued, for a puncturing of the illusion of the surface of reality in...
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