Studies in Stagecraft: Passage 2

by Lincoln Smith

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    00:00 Our next passage is entitled Studies in Stagecraft.

    00:05 You can therefore firmly place the title into the category of theater and state that this is a humanities passage.

    00:15 We started off by the author stating that for studies in stagecraft is better pleased if a play ends in a victory for the characters it favors.

    00:27 So this is just a nice positive statement on what an audience is trying to get out of the play.

    00:32 Next, we kind of sharpen this point where the author states that a violation of the strict logic of art is justifiable in comedy but is not justifiable in what we may broadly call the serious drama.

    00:48 So, in other words this initial point that was given by the author is kind of clarified a little bit further when we have a serious drama, we're not so much focused on the characters having a positive outcome as is we will see having a kind of logical outcome.

    01:06 Then, as we move forward, the author states that since any ending whatsoever according to the playwright Moliere, must be in the nature of an artifice in contrary to the loss of life.

    01:20 He might as well classify upon the pleasant side and send his auditors happy to their homes.

    01:26 And then we have Shakespeare drawn in to this equation as well.

    01:31 So this is discussing the first half of the equation comedies, and in this scenario at least Moliere and Shakespeare is given as an example as well.

    01:41 Our okay kind of giving a bit of an artificial ending to a play, it doesn't necessarily need to end in a logical fashion but is we might guess as we're moving forward to a discussion of a serious drama, it's a little bit different according to the author.

    01:59 It goes on to state and this is a point that is very often missed.

    02:03 In proportion as the dramatic struggle becomes more vital and more momentus, the audience demands more and more that shall we fought up fairly.

    02:13 So this just kind of sharpens what I'm beginning to see as a bit of the main idea of the passage, this kind of contrast between comedy versus serious drama.

    02:23 Next, I just highlight professional baseball and then an example about baseball is given this kind of connects to the main idea and so this is asked about in the questions I know where to come back to.

    02:36 The author next states the crowd feels in such as a case that it cannot fully enjoy that sense of victory unless the victory be fairly won.

    02:45 So this kind of just sums up the illustration of the baseball example if I'm looking for the conclusion.

    02:52 Then, the conclusion of the passage states the comic dramatist may achieve popularity by renouncing the loss of art.

    03:00 The serious dramatist can achieve popularity only by adhering rigidly to a pattern of artistic form.

    03:07 So here at the end, we really have as well flashed out the difference between what an audience is expecting from the comedy versus the drama.

    03:14 Nothing too much new has been added, and we are ready to go to the questions.

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