Theater in Ancient Greece

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Theatre in Ancient Greece Among the many inventions of the ancient Greeks, there have been a few that have specifically impacted modern day life for the better. Many of the things that are taken for granted today can be accredited to the intellectual minds of the people of ancient Greece. Our complicated plumbing and sewage systems that manage sanitation in most of the cities in the world have their roots in ancient society. The earliest concept of the crane was also developed during this time. Every successful society thrived on expansion, and one could not expand without the building of new structures; the invention of the crane and its evolution sped up this process of industrialization for societies to come. Despite these great…show more content…
Jocasta’s (Oedipus’ mother) attempts to expel her cursed son and Oedipus’ avoiding of who he thought were his biological parents only fed into Apollo’s scheme. It was an important factor that the audience was previously aware of this story and its outcome. As the jovial Oedipus preaches about discovering the cause of the plague and finding truth, the audience is aware that he is speaking out of ignorance and that his optimistic attitude would be short lived. This is comparable to certain entertainment pieces of the modern day. The Titanic also depicted a story that its audience knew the result of. Most people were aware of the fate of the Titanic before they had viewed the film and it undoubtedly added to the experience much like it would have in ancient Greece. Watching the joyful scenes of the patrons on the boat provokes mixed feelings of delight and dreadfulness as the actors remain in an ignorant bliss while the audience is aware that the boat will never make it to its destination. Oedipus the King concludes in a similarly destructive manner. Oedipus realizes in the climax of the play that he has in fact failed to escape the prophecy of Apollo and that he has become the incestuous murderer that he had so carefully tried to avoid being. Oedipus is overcome with shame and disgust and gouges his eyes out and banishes himself from Thebes after seeing that his
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