Moliere's Birth Of Comedy
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10 pages in length. The seventeenth century experienced a number of significant changes in the arts. Moliere was responsible for revolutionizing the theater and making the King (Louis XIV) and his family appreciate comedy. Up until that time the tragedy had been the only form of theater, however, with Moliere came a new aspect with regard to live performance. Particularly evident of this drastic change is that of Moliere's comedy-ballet entitled "Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme," which utilizes rhyme with unique structure and function as it is mixed with the play's prose. Using the relatively new concept of farcical comedy, Moliere was able to encourage the King and his people to laugh at the ridiculous aspects of life, as well as view the arts in a way that had never before been seen in such a manner. As well, the very nature of the prose and movement became based more in reality in relation to the natural way they talked and walked. While Corneille had previously addressed all of these aspects, his definition of comedy significantly differed from Moliere's, whose collaboration with composer Lully served as the very beginning of what ultimately came to be developed as the comedy-ballet. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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