What are the benefits and drawbacks of using Folio analysis on Shakespeare's plays?
Shakespeare in folio format may appear, at first sight, very confusing. There are extra letters, letters replacing others, and strange capitalizations that go beyond our grammatical tendencies. Not to mention the text is already in a language that is difficult to understand: Shakespeare! When trying to get an understanding of the play, folio analysis can be a more tedious approach than just googling key words or looking for another quick summary online. However, folio presents a viewpoint of text analysis that is found to be not only the most accurate representation of Shakespeare's words, but allows the analyst to follow succinct steps to understanding text in a way that is translateable and transposable into our own words.
How does the theory of historical distance present successes or problems to classical (Greek, Shakespearian) plays for the audiences of today? (Specifically pertaining to original stagings versus modern adaptations of these classical works)
There is a reason that classical plays are still performed for present day audiences, and it goes way beyond the scholarly aspect of the text. 'History Repeating Itself' is a theme that directors choose to play upon when adapting classical theatre for modern audiences. However, a balance of distance when it comes to staging adaptations is needed to leave an audience understanding historical context of the play as well as creating a present day comparison that doesn't hit too close to home. A director's decision in this matter may make or break the personal connection that an audience has with a performance.
Describe the influences of traditional fairy tales on children. Why have they changed very little over time?
The traditional fairytale may carry a cautionary tale or two, but it is really a story of empowerment for young children. It sets in place the moral boundaries of good and evil and allows situations to unfold from a child's perspective. For example, in Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack is the hero tackling his very own giant. From a child's perspective, all adults can be 'Giants' as well as other problems that may seem small from an adult's viewpoint. It allows the child to put themselves in the shoes of not only Jack but every character of the story and has heavy enough impact that it can last a lifetime and be adapted in the imagination to fit many psychological battles that can be faced over time. Because of this attachment to the fanciful world of the fairytale, it very often remains unchanged in subtext even though it can be altered slightly in context for our current world.