Who Was The Stars In The First Play
Some of the most popular Greek tragedian writers were Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus. They were tragedy writers of their time as opposed to the comedic writers of the time that would write plays to create a type of cathartic comic relief for their works.
The stars of these first plays in the 5th Century BCE were the characters in the plays. These characters were mythological and would create many strong and polarizing emotions during the course of the play. The audience would usually be well versed in the myths and could predict what would happen in the play. The main objective as laid forth by Aristotle was that these plays should create a catharsis in the viewer. What that means is the audience member should be purged of fear or laughter at the end of during the play. Evoking strong emotions was a secret motive to the earliest plays. The role that myth played in the earliest forms of stage are significant and provocative as they laid the way for many of the comedies and tragedies that would come later in Shakespeare’s time. The stars in the play were diverse and oftentimes complex mythological characters.