Short Essay Questions Key
1. Describe how August Strindberg's approach to drama was revolutionary.
Strindberg's approach to drama was revolutionary because he advocated for a naturalistic dialogue and emphasized stage, decor, lighting, and makeup,
2. How does Strindberg's interest in social ascent become a major theme in "Miss Julie"?
Strindberg was invested in the limitations of social ascent, and, in "Miss Julie," the characters are bound by their class position and are unable to climb up or down the social ladder.
3. Why does Strindberg claim that the problem of social ascent is a suitable matter for tragedy?
Strindberg claims that the problem of social ascent is a suitable matter for tragedy because it is tragic to see one lose her or his fortune, and more so for people to see a line of lineage go out.
4. According to Strindberg, what is our response to the tragedy of Julie due to?
Strindberg states that Julie arouses our sympathy because of our own weakness in not being able to resist the fear that the we could suffer the same fate as she.
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