Discoveringthe Humanities assignment
Imaginationis the ability of the human mind to form a mental image of somethingwhile not using the five senses (Grotowski, 2012). The mind iscapable of building mental scenes that are not in existence or whichexisted sometimes in the past. Some human beings, however, display ahigher degree of imagination ability as compared to others.
Ina theatrical perspective, imagination is one of the essential skillsthat a viewer ought to possess. This is because unlike in a filmwhere the director will use special effects to make the movie appearreal like, a play will suspend this reality and ‘force’ theviewer to use his imagination. In theater, this is referred to as‘theatrical imagination’, and it has both pros and cons.
Playenthusiasts suspend disbelief because a play generally brings out aspecial connection between the audience and characters. One of themost important aspects of a play is the experience of being in thepresence of a performer on stage. For example, in the play Macbethby William Shakespeare the audience can relate the theme to some ofthe events that are happening in our society. Politicians using allmeans possible to get and hold onto to power against the will of thepeople. It would be quite hard to get this connection from watching amovie.
Suspendingdisbelief is an advantage in the theatrical experience. Nevertheless,it should only be up to a certain limit. Play directors and scriptwriters should be careful not to push the limits too far as thiswould bring about confusion and lack of understanding to the audience(Grotowski, 2012). For example, if play enthusiast considerssomething in the play to be impulsive, when he/she has alreadysuspended disbelief, then this would ruin the illusion and break theplays suspense.
Iwould rather see The Tempest by William Shakespeare on stagethan on film because I would want to have a personal connection withthe performers.
Allegoryis a literal device in literature. (Widdowson,2014)defines allegory as a strategy of extending a metaphor in a storywith the aim of equating objects or persons with meanings that arenot part of the narrative.
Theheroic poem Beowulfisallegoric in nature as it describes Beowulf as the figure of Christ.Christian and pagan elements manifest good and evil which is acomplete contrast to the theme of this poem. Beowulf is arepresentation of good while the dragon and Beowulf’s motherrepresent evil. Beowulf being the protagonist faces severalmonsters. One of the monsters that he faces by the name Grendelhappens to be a descendant of the Biblical Cain. "Unhappycreature, he lived for a time in the home of the monsters` race,after God had condemned them as kin of Cain" (Norton,28). Cain happens to be the son of Eve, the woman who apparentlybrought sin to the world symbolizing a connection between Eve andCain and Grendel and his mother.
Allegorywas prevalent during the periods of Medievaland the Renaissance because it brought the connection between theBiblical teachings and classical traditions. Individuals used thecultural legacies of the ancient world to shape their ideas, and thishelped to synthesize the traditional world to the new Biblical World.
Allegoryis still important in contemporaryliterature as writers use it to provoke thought which is paramountfor the society. In today’s society, writers allegorize things suchas politics, culture, and objects.
Tolkien,J. R. R. (1936). Beowulf:the Monsters and the Critics(Vol. 18). London.
Grotowski,J. (2012). Towardsa poor theatre.Routledge.
Widdowson,H. G. (2014). Stylisticsand the Teaching of Literature.Routledge.