HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 3

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HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 3
This five-act play opens with a storm at sea (a tempest) and throughout, Shakespeare…

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HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 3

HUMN303 Course Discussions Week 3

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Theater – 37 Pages 

This week, we took a brief look at Shakespeare’s The Tempest (see the Assignments section). This five-act play opens with a storm at sea (a tempest) and throughout, Shakespeare has planted allusions to apparitions and magic, such as the character Ariel who, at times, appears to be invisible to the other characters. It is a given that the special effects, such as those often used in films, to actually give the stage the appearance of a deadly tempest or actually make Ariel an invisible presence are not achievable on the stage. To fill in this gap, audiences suspend disbelief.

In this thread, let’s discuss the power and limitations of theatrical imagination. Please feel free to draw from productions you have seen. (The old high schoolproductions count, too!) Why are we willing to suspend disbelief when we see a play, yet we demand so much more from a film production? Do you think that the limitation on special effects and alternative demand on the audience member to suspend disbelief is a weakness or a strength of the theatrical experience? Would you rather see The Tempest on stage or in film? Why?

The Tempest opens with a storm at sea (a tempest) and throughout, Shakespeare has planted allusions to apparitions and magic, such as characters like Ariel who, at times, appears to be invisible to the other characters. It is a given that the special effects, such as those often used in films, to actually give the stage the appearance of a deadly tempest or actuallymake Ariel an invisible presence are not achievable on the stage. Thus, audiences suspend disbelief. What are some other plays you have seen that have contained special effects that required your suspension of disbelief?…

Allegory and Art – 32 Pages 

This week, we are exploring the items below….

This week, we have looked at several works of art that utilized allegorical themes. One of the most common uses of imagery in the medieval and Renaissance periods is allegory. What is an allegory? Describe how at least one of the examples of art in this week’s lecture or one of this week’s readings is allegorical in nature. Why, in your opinion, was allegory so prevalent during these periods? Is it still important in contemporary literature? Why or why not? What kinds of lessons can we learn from allegories?

Allegories are used to not only with meanings that lie outside the narrative itself, but, the true underlying meaning has moral, social, religious, or political significance, therefore, they have not just one, but two meanings, a literal one, and a symbolic one. For me, and speaking only for myself because everyone is different, I personally feel with the way the world is today, such things as Allegories are very important because of their underlying meaning and the lessons they could possibly teach their audience. With having a symbolic importance, such as religion or morality, they move past just a way of entertainment but, a lesson is taught and that is why I feel they are still, and should remain prevalent in contemporary literature…