The Changing Relationship Between Individual and Society in Modern Drama

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Teaching through story telling, and later on stage, was - and indeed still is although perhaps less so now - the most effective passage to the education of the masses, regardless of race, religion, age or class distinction, drama is more than mere mindless entertainment; it's the guidelines to an entire world of philosophical ideologies and political insights meant to shape society and help it along the path to... enlightenment? Playwrights, however, need not necessarily follow the current sways of politics or the en vogue intellectuals, they write what they believe is the most valuable message to mankind; theirs is the role of observing, criticising and evaluating. A common theme visited by playwrights in modern drama, was the question…show more content…
These tragic occurrences `must have had their therapeutic effect by raising to conscious awareness the clan's capacity for brutal and unredeemed violence so that it could be sublimated and contained by new institutions' . In this way, the Greek dramatists taught the western mind the law: the relationship between individuals and the society in which they lived together. This social drama dealt with the specific differences between individuals, but also their inherent sameness because it was only through this awareness of similarity that society was possible. "The social drama .... is only incidentally an arraignment of society." Ibsen was brought up in a Lutheran environment in Norway, which held St Paul to be `divinely inspired' when he wrote: "Let women be silent!" This attitude was clear in his childhood upbringing in which his mother, not being "able to improve relations at home, had to succumb to her husband's tyranny" Therefore from a young child he observed the derogatory notion of `a woman's place' in society and was always careful not to adhere to it. He did however follow the romanticist ideology that a woman was a man's companion and should devote her life to encouraging and improving his masculinity. Writing most of his prose in the latter half of the nineteenth century; Ibsen was placed in a world where as a
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