Lesson 1 (from Prologue)
Prologues have been used since ancient Greek theater to introduce literary works. The prologue serves to introduce Congreve and his play. He uses the prologue to argue his concept of two types of fools: poets and natural fools. The objective of this lesson is to understand the prologue and the concept of 'fools' introduced in it.
1) Class discussion: What is the purpose of a prologue? Was this an effective device? Does this prologue meet its objective? What information is given in the prologue? Why has the prologue been discontinued in modern drama?
2) Small group work: Research the use of prologues throughout theatrical history beginning with the Greek and Latin theater.
3) Pair work: As pairs, create your definition of fools. After 5 minutes, merge two pairs into small groups of 3 or 4 people and have each group refine their definitions of fools. Come together as a class...
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