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Old Comedy

1) Some character has a bright idea. For instance, a man thinks of stopping the war by flying to Heaven on a beetle; or a woman by organizing a women's strike.

2) There enters a Chorus, sympathetic or hostile.

3) There is a set debate (agon) about the idea.

4) The Chorus turns and addresses the audience in a parabasis- perhaps a relic of the mockeries flung at bystanders by the old phallic mummers.

5) A series of farcical episodes arises from putting the original idea into practice.

6) All ends in a rebel scene - feast or wedding; a further relic of the primitive merrymaking.

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