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Types of Drama

Introduces the different classifications of drama, such as tragedy, comedy, history play, etc.
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Marc Graci

on 23 April 2011

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ELA19RL1.4a- Identifies and analyzes types of
dramatic literature (i.e. classical tragedy,
history play, modern drama).
Drama is a specific type
of fiction, meant to be performed. Drama is often combined with
music or dance, such as in opera
or Broadway plays. There are two main divisions
in drama: comedy and tragedy. Comedy is a lighter kind of
drama where the leading
characters overcome their
problems. It usually ends
happily, often in a marriage. By contrast, a modern comedy usually means something meant to make the viewer laugh. Tragedy involves the ruin
of the leading characters.
Greek tragedy
Elizabethan tragedy
Modern tragedy A Greek tragedy
involves the destruction
of some noble character
due to fate. An Elizabethan tragedy involves the death of some noble character due to a tragic flaw. Modern tragedy involves
ordinary, everyday people (not always noble characters, and they don't always die). What is drama? Tragedy Comedy Types of Drama So comedy and tragedy
are the two basic kinds of
drama.. But Shakespeare was a unique
talent, so we have a third division
for his plays: history plays. A history play was a play
written by Shakespeare about
the life of an English king. History Plays Screenplays A screenplay or a script
is a written work made
specifically to be filmed. A script can be easily
identified because
it will mention what
the camera is showing. Now, let's practice!! Identify the type of drama based
upon the description or excerpt. "Death of a Salesman",
by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman is about traveling salesman Willie Loman, the struggles he has with his family and finances, and his eventual death. Richard III,
by Shakespeare

Richard III is about the
rise to power and reign
of King Richard III of England. Oedipus Rex,
by Sophocles

Oedipus, from the play Oedipus Rex, was a Greek king. He fulfilled a prophecy that said he would murder his father and marry his mother, bringing disaster on his city and family.
The Tempest,
by William Shakespeare

The play is set on a remote island. Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to get the throne by using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, to lure his evil brother Antonio and the King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his plans cause the revealing of Antonio's low nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of his daughter to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.
The film "Lottery Ticket"
was written as a screenplay.
It was intended to be
filmed as a movie. Romeo and Juliet is
an example of a tragedy.
Even though it's about
love, its ending is tragic
and many of the characters
die.
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