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Stanislavsky And Breht Essay

2152 words - 9 pages

As for beginning, I would like to turn to the idea that our life is a theatre and to use a theatre metaphor to explain us. As, in my view, this is quite a convenient way to show who we are and how we are used to act. And, if our world is a theatre, then we are actors, and now I will try to prove it.The examples of dramatic actions can be found every day and in any place. Acting has so much interlaced with our daily life, that we are seldom conscious that at this very moment this is not we, its our theatre images. Here is the common example: at some place, in a street for example, you see a person who you didn't wish to meet. The first natural reaction will be, most likely, to turn away, to pretend busy, to stay unnoticed. And in the upshot it will look, as it was neatly expressed by the poet I. Irtenyev, like: "He pretended he didn't notice me, I pretended I didn't recognize him".I also call in mind some article from a glossy magazine, if I'm not mistaken it was called "A week of the truth". The author took a reckless attempt to speak the truth and only the truth to people around during a week. In the long run she caused a nervous shock to them, and it took plenty of time until she managed to normalize their relations. And she only tried not to pretend, to stay "herself".One more example, which I heavily experience on myself, here, in the dormitory in Vilnius. I cannot manage to get used to the fact that people, who I interact with in my social life - on the "scene", see me here, "at backstage" and without a "costume". With the costume I don't mean clothes, hairstyle or make-up, but just this half-domestic situation. This causes inconvenience to me, I feel like being spied, and as if they break the doors of my "I".Certainly, the attempt to prove the dramatic essence of the human being (in my opinion, very successful one) was made before me by many writers, psychologists, sociologists. As it seems to me, it is E. Hoffmann who has mostly succeeded in it - a sociologist, the creative work of whom stands somewhere between social science and grotesque novel, and which received a lot of conflicting estimation.He studied exceptionally dramatic problems, concerning an individual in a social group, connected with presenting of one before others. He fixes his eyes on the world of actors; every day people are making a play for each other. This dramaturgic action is related not to a particular actor of member of a group, but to the participants of social interaction, who are the audience for each other. The acting person evokes a certain image, makes an impression, more or less purposefully opening himself. Hoffmann considers social action from the point of view of manipulating of meaning, like a play, where people try to maintain his or her personality in daily life - in front of others and the whole society [1].His works are rich in the examples of this theatricality. Here is one of them, the example of a plumber: a part of his job is known for many...

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