Crash Course Theatre: The English Renaissance and Not Shakespeare
Crash Course Theater: Straight Outta Stratford-Upon-Avon: Early Shakespeare
Crash Course Theatre: The Tragedies
Finally, having one's works collected in a folio book or quarto would have been rare. Scripts that got out of the hands of a company could be stolen by other theater companies, so copies were not passed around generally. The King's Men must have thought a lot about Shakespeare to have his works printed and bound! Luckily they did--or we could not frustrate future high school students by forcing them to read his plays!
The structure of a Shakespearean play (most 5 act plays) is:
ACT ONE: Exposition, Inciting incident, Major Dramatic Question is introduced, sometimes the protagonist has made a Major Decision. Often a complication occurs to disrupt the status quo.
ACT TWO: Rising Action, Complication(s), Establishment/development of the Major Conflict, sometimes the protagonist has made a Major Decision. Introduction to subplot (minor plot).
ACT THREE: Crisis or Turning Point, Dark Moment, Major Decision.
ACT FOUR: Enlightenment, development or Resolution of minor plots.
ACT FIVE: Final climax, Resolution of minor and major plots, falling action. Major Dramatic Question is answered.
The play is set at the end of the Roman Empire and tells the fictional story of a Roman general, Titus, who runs afoul of Tamora, Queen of the Goths.
- Titus Andronicus – A renowned Roman general
- Tamora – Queen of the Goths; afterward Empress of Rome
- Aaron– a Moor; involved in a sexual relationship with Tamora
- Lucius – Titus's eldest son
- Lavinia – Titus's daughter
- Marcus Andronicus – Titus's brother
- Demetrius – Tamora's son
- Chiron – Tamora's other son; allusion to the centaur Chiron
- Saturninus – Son of the late Roman Emperor; afterward declared Emperor
- Bassianus – Saturninus's brother; in love with Lavinia
- Quintus – Titus's son
- Martius – Titus's son
- Mutius – Titus's son
- Young Lucius – Lucius's son
- Publius – Marcus's son
- A Clown
- Sempronius – Titus's kinsman
- Caius – Titus's kinsman
- Valentine – Titus's kinsman
- Alarbus – Tamora's son (non-speaking role)
- Human Kindness & Pity (and its limitations) (Cruelty, as its opposite as well)
- Limbs (usually being hacked off--"parts" of the body, just as children are "part" of the parent's "body", and citizens are part of the body politic...)
- Animals (particularly fierce bestial animals...like a wilderness of tigers, but also birds of prey, and their victims)
- Astrology (a reference to Fate and the stars)
Ovid's Metamorphoses (the story of Philomela, in particular)
Seneca's play Thyestes (the myth of the House of Atreus--, and, of course, Aeschylus' The Orestia)
Turn in your graphic organizer by the end of class today on Elizabethan theater.