Many people enjoy different types of art because of the unique styles and creativity involved. Theater is one of these arts in which there are many styles and beauties. Both the Greeks and Bertolt Brecht produced works that have become a part of our world of theater today. Although both were a beautiful form of the art, they were extremely different in style. The Greekâ€™s style was based on enticing their audiences into the story and influencing their emotions. Brechtâ€™s works were based on teaching realistic social issues and were performed in a way to change an audienceâ€˜s credence. Both have provided a legacy in the history of our theater.
It is difficult to trace the exact evolution of theater. Although, it may be believed that there were rituals performed for Dionysus by a group called The Cult of Dionysus in Thrace, Greece. â€œTheir aim was religious or magical, a wish to enter into a closer relation with supernatural beings and usually get them to do something [like a â€˜prayerâ€™ for rain or food],â€ (McCall p.10). These rituals were known as the Dithyramb and is what eventually became more of a formalized drama. â€œIn 600BC, Arion of Mehtymna wrote down formal lyrics for the dithyramb,â€ (ELCA). The first known actor, Thespis of Attica, came about sometime in the next 75 years. He began to portray single characters that were sung about in songs, which is known as the protagonist of todayâ€™s literature. â€œThe word thespian, meaning actor, also derives from Thespis,â€ (ELCA). The styles of theater today is believed to be a result of Thespisâ€˜s influences.
It is difficult to categorize the style of Greek theater into one form. â€œIt is possible that actors created a sense of realism by discovering expressive and sympathetic characteristics and portrayed them in a somewhat idealized form. The total concept of characterization, then, was truthfulness in a