Paper: A Comparison between Modern and Ancient Plays and Theater, with an Example of The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds, Oedipus Rex and Antigone

For example, in the play Oedipus, there were many tragedies that the author used. In the beginning of the play there was a tragedy because all the people were suffering, and there wasn't enough food. Then after that, there was the problem of who killed the king, and when Oedipus found out it was him, he realized what a fool he was for not listening to others. After that he was forced to take out his own eyes and it showed the audience the consequences he had to take for his actions. That was how tragedy was used in Oedipus. In Antigone, there was an even bigger tragedy at the end when Creon finally decided to free Antigone, it was too late, and many people whom he loved very much, killed themselves because he would not listen to them. The quotation used in the introduction of this paper was taken from this moment in the play. The quotation explains just how tragic this scene was for the actors in the play. In the play The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in The Moon Marigolds, they showed a tragedy when Beatrice killed the rabbit. This is a tragedy because many of the other characters loved the rabbit in the play. Another thing that hasn't changed very much about plays is the physical theater itself. Throughout history, and all the technical advancements we have made since the old plays were created, it is amazing that the actual theater has remained pretty much the same. For example, the same main parts are still there, like the stage, the place where the audience sits, the dressing rooms, and the entrance have all still stayed the same. There have only been a few changes like adding lights, and some computerized parts to the stage. Costumes have also changed also, before they used to be robes and veils, but now actors use modern clothes. Also, masks used to be used to show the actors emotions in the play, but now instead of masks makeup and facial expressions are used to show how they feel....