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Features of Elizabethan Drama

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Comedies

  • Italian or Latin sources
  • Mostly congratulatory works in praise of a patron or monarch
  • Main theme - love and its tribulations (as seen in Shakespeare՚s plays)

Features of Elizabethan Drama

History Plays and chronicles

Tragedies

  • Senecan model
  • melodramatic, emotional speeches, stage spectacles
  • The darker side of human characters, melancholic aspect of human life in general
  • General Interest In Politics And History
  • The Bible - not the only source of dramatic plots

Elizabethan Drama

  • Shakespeare -tragicomic, -was the master of the romantic comedy,
  • While Ben Jonson- whose drama was strongly influenced by classical tenets, wrote caustic, rich satire.

Questions

1. The Spanish tragedy was written by

A. Thomas Kyd

B. Shakespeare

C. Marlowe

D. Benjohnson

2. The Spanish tragedy was written by

A. Thomas Kyd

B. Shakespeare

C. Marlowe

D. Benjohnson

3. The play A Mid-Summer Night՚s dream was written by

A. Thomas Kyd

B. Shakespeare

C. Marlowe

D. Benjohnson

Chapters:

0: 00 The Origin of English Drama

0: 59 Features of Elizabethan Drama

6: 10 Elizabethan Drama

7: 42 MCQ about Features of Elizabethan Drama

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