Journal of English Teaching through Movies and Media 2016;17(1):39-54.
Published online March 30, 2016.
Gye sook Kim
멜로드라마와 음악: 영화 욕망이라는 이름의 전차와 유리동물원을 중심으로
김계숙
Abstract
The purpose of this thesis is to show the effect of music in drama, focusing on A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie. Melodrama means drama with a song. But nowadays romantic plays with nonmusical characteristics are called melodramas. The primary source of melodrama today is the film. Plays like A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie are capable of being analyzed as melodrama. Sentimental but exciting and satisfying melodramas use much more music than tragedy. Music symbolizes the heroine's thoughts, her chaotic state and the instrument of destruction simultaneously. Music becomes the star's symbol. The music with which the heroine is associated expresses the danger which she confronts. The language and the music of both types of drama represent the situation of the contemporary age. Music has a role of symbolizing and stimulating our sentimental feeling for an older age that is disappearing. Music has great appeal for our emotions. Therefore, we should not ignore the role of music in drama. By emphasizing the music in drama, a teacher can lead students to learn English more efficiently.
Key Words: melodrama;music;symbol;tragedy;English through drama
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