Playwrighting for Virtue Development: The Original Realistic Family Drama MYTHOS OF AUTUMN and its Influences from New Natural Law Theorists and American Dramatic Literature

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2023-05-04

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Tully, Joseph

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Throughout time, stories have proved pivotal to establishing a virtuous soul. This thesis examines the different ways tragic dramatic literature, specifically works of modern, American realism, aid in moral formation. Utilizing Northrop Frye's foundational exploration of literary criticism, this thesis formulates a new framework for examining serious works of dramatic literature. Additionally, this framework reflects the ideals held by the New Natural Law Theorists, demonstrating the ways in which theatrical performances portray this philosophy. Finally, this thesis contains an original play, which was written in the style of modern, American realism and intends to convey the ideals of the New Natural Law Theorists.

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