Play Flourishing In Elizabethan Era And A Review Of Christopher Marlow’s Play The Tragical History Of Doctor Faustus

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The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus is a play written by Christopher Marlowe. Christopher Marlowe is an English playwright who lived and created during the rule of Elizabeth I. The whole period of her reign, from 1558 to 1603, is called Elizabethan age and is known for being the greatest period in the history of English literature, so as the golden age of English drama. Since the number of plays was growing, lots of theaters were opened and made art more available to average people. Historical events influenced plays and made Marlowe to ‘rebel’ against social order and Christianity through his play The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.
Queen Elizabeth is a member of Tudor dynasty and was a queen of England and Ireland for almost forty-five years. She loved art and encouraged development of literature, which resulted with a play flourishing. Lots of playwrights were active back then, such as George Peele, Robert Greene, John Lyly, Anthony Munday, Thomas Kyd, and George Gascoigne, but the most famous and most important ones are William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Since the population of city was growing, playwrights were having larger audience for their plays. Because of so many playwrights who wrote important plays and introduced new types of plays to people, for example, the first history plays were written, and who “gave to the Elizabethan drama some elements of classical form and contributed to the great outputting of literature in the 1590s’’ (“The Sixteenth Century’’, 403), Elizabethan age is called a golden age of English drama. Also it is recorded that between 1475 and 1640 was published more than 26,000 works and editions. A good side effect of having so many playwrights was that lots of theaters were opened and made plays more accessible for large amount of people: “Playwriting was the least personal form of writing, but clearly the most profitable for literary men since the demand was so great: 15,000 people attended the playhouses weekly’’ (Narey).
Along with the number of people who were interested in plays, the number of theaters was also increasing. Theaters became available to everyone and the tickets were not expensive; everyone was able to experience that type of entertaining. In Elizabethan age there were two types of theater; public and private. Public theaters were big and outdoor theaters in which the spectators were mainly standing and paying small amounts of money for the tickets. On the other hand, private theaters were smaller, more expensive, and spectators, which were all sitting, consisted...

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