The Evolution Of Drama In Everyman, Dr. Faustus, And Twelfth Night
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The evolution of Drama happened as far back as 6th century BC in Greece. The Ancient Greeks took entertainment very grimly and utilized drama as a way of investigating the world they lived in and discovered what it is like to be a human. The Greeks composed dramas into three types which include comedy, satyr plays, and tragedy, the most important type of Drama. The most well-known plays include Everyman, Dr. Faustus, and Twelfth Night. These plays utilizes themes such as the struggle of good and evil for the human soul, power, society and class, and gender, all which represent humanism.
Everyman utilizes “The dominant theme of good and evil for the human soul (psychomania), usually depicted in the life span of a representative figure with a name like Mankind” and “Is devoted entirely to the day of judgment that every individual human being must face eventually” (Norton 507). The theme of good and evil for the human soul represents humanism because it is known that everyone has sinned and still fear death because they do not know where they will be when judgment day comes, but at the same time, they know no one will live forever except God. Everyman significantly utilizes the character Death throughout the story, only to be met with utter recognition and incomprehension. For example, “Everyman’s
Martin 2 incomprehension is humorous even as it reveals him to be deeply unready for Death’s summons”: he asks Death, “Sholde I not agayne shortly?” (Paulson 121). Everyman