The greatest and most understood form of communication in the world is not mathematics, or even the modern language, but the arts. The arts can be broken into three major sects, the musical arts, the visual arts, and the most widely understood the dramatic arts. Much debate can be consequent due to this decree, yet one argument can be drawn upon for this statement. An example of how drama can be universally experienced by all is if one is blind he or she can still experience the musical arts; however, if one is deaf, the ability to experience the visual arts can still be attained. Drama, although, can be experienced by either or. It is the manifestation of music and visual realm, which allows the captivation of all types of audiences. Drama, which is defined by Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary as a composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage. As can be seen, drama is an art piece, its purpose is to be interpreted, and forming a fundamental part of society.
Drama has been used before and throughout recorded history for purposes of good and bad. It was a means of education to the younger gekneration by passing down information and stories to explain the world, as well as a means of inciting war or revolution by dictators and regimes. Studying drama is imperative to all; it is virtually impossible to argue that drama has not played a role in history. It has been used as a base for exchange of information while still intriguing and grasping the mind of all audiences.
The function of drama has differed widely over the centuries of its existence. Briefly, during its earliest years, drama was more often intended for religious purposes, such as to honor the Gods; to spread the meaning of a particular religion to the illiterate. For example, during the "Christijan Revolution," drama was used to spread stories from the Bible to the masses. Sometime during the Middle Ages, the purpose of drama was more to entertain than to relay any message across to the audience. The period that followed was the Renaisjsance, which saw the birth of great playwrights such as William Shakespeare, whose works are still being read till today. During this "golden era" of drama, plays were written and enacted more for royalty than for peasantry, as was the case during the Middle Ages. kThis shows a turn of events, where drama is now recognized by the rich and powerful as a valuable asset of humanity. Today, drama is available to all, rich or poor, and in many different languages. The purpose of these usually differs, some to entertain, others holding a subtle theme reflecting society.
A major function of drama in society, today, is to recreate and synthesis experience. Drama's...