Social Responsibility In Greek Theatre

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Throughout the different eras of theatre, the Greek, Roman, Medieval, Commedia, and Shakespearean performers all contributed to the culture of the societies of they were in. However, the level of “social responsibility” that was prevalent in these eras was dependent on whether or not government promoted theatre as a means of enlightening the general public. As a result, the manner in which theatre was presented contributed to the evolution of the particular society either positively or negatively. During the era of Greek theatre, which lasted from 550 B.C. to 220 B.C., government, art, education, science, and medicine were all viewed as equally important. Akropolis, which was the center of government and thought, espoused the ideals of empowerment and making one’s self and society better. Plays that were performed made people ask questions in order to push society forward, and the government created theatre in this era so that it can be critiqued. The Festival of Dionysus, which was a weeks-long festival, featured various artists from different fields showcasing their talents, including theatre performances that ran all day. At the same time, love-making and drinking was encouraged (Dionysus is the god of wine and fertility) as a means of opening up one’s state of mind. At the performances of these plays, actors wore masks, which indicated the type of character they were, and the masks had attachments so that people could hear what they were saying, but there was also a
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