ABSTRACT

In a Commedia, walking is according to circumstance – it is night, it is day, the people are in a hurry, they are feeling calm, there can be many different demands on the way the people walk, and they may even change during a single action. The problem today is that the masks are looked on as having magical powers, whereas originally they were just objects necessary to the development of system of characterization. There is kind of playing on which one finds a certain insistence today, based on the idea of the diabolical. Commedia is a post-Renaissance form, not a medieval one. No research that the people know of has been able to connect Arlecchino to the Middle Ages. Zanni is obviously working class, and his speech and vocabulary are the evidence of it. But Pantalone also has worked himself up from nothing and gives his origins away when he speaks.