This week, we will move to the world of contemporary drama.  You may choose to read either Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun or August Wilson’sThe Piano Lesson.  In your responses to the play you choose, I’d like you to compare and contrast as follows: 1.  The modern play andHamlet: Is the play you chose a tragedy, according to Aristotle’s definition?  What about according to the modern definitions of ‘tragedy’?  Why or why not? 2.  The modern play andA Doll’s House: How is the play you chose to read similar toA Doll’s House?  How is it different? One more question: If Ibsen is the father of modern theater, what can we extrapolate about modern theater vs. older styles of theater based on our examination of these three plays?

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