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Melodrama (victorian Stage)

English LK
by

Ben Boog

on 10 December 2012

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Transcript of Melodrama (victorian Stage)

Melodrama The Victorian stage melodrama • dramatic work that exaggerates plot and characters in order to
appeal to the emotions.

• based around having the same character traits,
for example a hero (always the fearless one),
heroine (the love of the hero, usually the one that the hero saves),
villain (usually likes the heroine too) and
villain's sidekick (typically gets in the way of or annoys the villain)

• refer to dramas of the 18th and 19th centuries in which orchestral
music or song was used to accompany the action. General information • The term "Melodrama" originated from the
early 19th-century French word mélodrame,
which is derived from

Greek "melos" = music,
and French "drame" = drama What is that ... a Melodrama ?! Victorian stage melodrama The Victorian stage melodrama featured six stock characters:


the hero,

the villain,

the heroine,

an aged parent,

a sidekick and

a servant of the aged parent engaged in a sensational plot

Often the good but not very clever hero is duped by a scheming villain




featuring themes of and . Love Murder

established during the Middle Ages by mystery and morality plays

The first English play to be called a melodrama or 'melodrame' was A Tale of Mystery (1802) by Thomas Holcroft.

next popular sub-genre was the nautical melodrama

Melodramas based on urban situations became popular in the mid-nineteenth century

The villain was always the central character in melodrama and crime was a favorite theme.


1. a play, film, etc, characterized by extravagant
action and emotion

2. (formerly) a romantic drama characterized by
sensational incident, music, and song

3. overdramatic emotion or behaviour

4. a poem or part of a play or opera spoken to
a musical accompaniment Melodrama World English Dictionary
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