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Overview of British Drama Chapter Summary
From mystery plays offering medieval versions of Bible stories to a tale of confusion and disorientation, this chapter offers a glimpse into the breadth of British drama. These lessons provide an exciting view of the evolution of British theater, and you have access to this material through engaging lessons. This chapter explores the following plays:
- Tamburlaine, an early British historical drama
- The Duchess of Malfi, a 17th century dark, revenge comedy
- She Stoops to Conquer, a comedy of social inequality
- Playboy of the Western World, coming of age in a rebellious era
- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead, the struggle to understand the world
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1. Mystery Plays: Origins & Characteristics
A mystery play is not a show about a detective solving a crime, but a style of drama that was part of religious experience in the European Medieval world. Let's find out what a mystery play is and how the style originated.
2. She Stoops to Conquer: Summary & Analysis
She Stoops to Conquer is the subject of this lesson. She Stoops to Conquer was written by Anglo-Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith. We will summarize and analyze the play which is a comedy in five acts.
3. She Stoops to Conquer: Setting & Historical Context
She Stoops to Conquer is a play by Irish playwright Oliver Goldsmith. In this lesson, we will explore the setting in which the play is set and the historical context of the play.
4. Playboy of the Western World: Summary & Characters
''Playboy of the Western World'' is a three-act comedic play written in 1907 by playwright J. M. Synge. In this lesson, we will summarize the play and take a look at the characters that bring the story to life.
5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Themes & Characters
A fascinating stage play featuring some familiar Shakespearean characters in a unique way is Tom Stoppard's 1966 ''Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead''. Let's look at the characters in this tragicomedy and the themes expressed.
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