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February 23, 2020

Cool Pictures Of Crossovers Of Famous Characters

The relation between characters and the action of the story shifts historically, often miming shifts in society and its ideas about humanindividuality, self-determination, and the social order. In the earliest surviving work of dramatic theory, Poetics (c. 335 BCE), the Greekphilosopher Aristotle deduces that character (ethos) is one of six qualitative parts ofAthenian tragedy and one of the three objects that it represents (1450a12). He understands character not to denote a fictional person, but the quality of the person acting in the story and reacting to its situations (1450a5). He defines character as “that which reveals decision, of whatever sort” (1450b8). It is possible, therefore, to have tragedies that do not contain “characters” in Aristotle’s sense of the word, since character makes the ethical dispositions of those performing the action of the story clear. By the time the Roman playwright Plautus wrote his plays, the use of characters to define dramatic genres was well-established. His Amphitryon begins with a prologuein which the speaker Mercury claims that since the play contains kings and gods, it cannot be a comedy and must be a tragicomedy. Like much Roman comedy, it is probably translated from an earlier Greek original, most commonly held to bePhilemon’s Long Night, or Rhinthon’s Amphitryon, both now lost.

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