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Write a Short Note on the Drama of Ideas. (বাংলায়)

Question: Write a short note on the Drama of Ideas.

“Drama of Ideas” is a theatrical genre that strongly emphasises the exploration and discussion of complex philosophical, political, or social ideas. This form of drama prioritizes dialogue and exchanging ideas over action or character development. The playwright uses the stage to present and examine intellectual arguments.

Challenge Popular Views: Drama of Ideas encourages audiences to contemplate and engage with the themes presented on stage. While it may lack the immediate action and emotional intensity of other theatrical genres. It challenges audiences to grapple with profound questions long after the final curtain falls.

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For instance, George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” challenges the popular view of heroism and war. Through his mouthpiece, Captain Bluntschli, Shaw brings forth the futility and practical reasons behind war, proving there is nothing heroic about war.

Characters Engaged in Debates: The Drama of Ideas often features characters engaged in intense debates and discussions. The aim is to stimulate intellectual engagement and provoke thoughtful reflection in the audience.

Notable Works: Playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, and George Orwell are often cited as contributors to the Drama of Ideas. Shaw’s works, like “Arms and the Man,” “Man and Superman,” and “Pygmalion” explore social and political ideologies. These plays challenge prevailing norms and beliefs.

Ibsen’s plays, such as “A Doll’s House” and “An Enemy of the People,” delve into moral and societal issues. These plays spark conversations about individual freedom and societal expectations.

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In conclusion, the Drama of Ideas is not limited to any particular period and can be adapted to address contemporary concerns. Playwrights continue to use this form to engage audiences in meaningful conversations today.

Shihabur Rahman
Shihabur Rahman
Hey, This is Shihabur Rahaman, B.A (Hons) & M.A in English from National University.

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