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Elements Of Drama

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Transcript of Elements Of Drama

Elements Of Drama
Literary terms to know
what is and what are the elements of it?
Drama
What is it?
drama is a type of literature designed to be preformed in front of an audience
2 types of drama:
Comedy & Tragedy

Vocabulary
definitions and examples
Act
a division within a play, much like the chapters of a novel
example:

The missing cat
this play is broken into two parts, Act 1 and Act 2. These are the acts of the play and together make up the play.
Aside
lines that are spoken by a character directly to the audience
example:
"Romeo: Shall I hear more or shall I speak at this?"
Romeo And Juliet
In this excerpt, Romeo is listening to Juliet and asks to the audience if he should talk to her.
Cast
a listing of the characters who appear on the stage
Comedy
a humorous work of drama
example:
The Wizard Of Oz
this cast list has the names of the characters in the play and the role that they played.
Humor
in this illustration, one figure is acting something out to another figure. the second figure is laughing, which shows that what the first figure is doing is funny. this is an example of a comedy because this picture shows acting in a way to bring the audience laughter.
Dialogue
conversation between two or more characters
example:
example:
Maggie's Clothing Boutique
this discussion about a sale is dialogue because there are two characters having a conversation between themselves.
Drama
a work of literature designed to be preformed in front of an audience
example:
play
this is an example of a drama because a script has been written to direct a play that is to be preformed
Dramatic Irony
when the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the story do not know
example:
Don't go downstairs!
the audience knows that the character should not go downstairs, while the character does not and continues to go anyway; causing dramatic irony
Foil
a character who is much like another character in class, rank, and background, but has opposite traits which provide a contrast and conflict between the two characters.
example:
Mary and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice
Pride & Prejudice
in this novel, Mary is very absorbed in her studies whereas her sister Elizabeth has a lively and distracted nature.
Monologue
a long speech spoken by a character to himself, another character, or to the audience
example:
~ Juliet
From: Romeo & Juliet
Romeo & Juliet
in this excerpt, Juliet is speaking to herself/the audience. she is not conversing with another figure, but instead is making a long speech
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Scene
a division of an act into smaller parts
example:
Play Scenes
in this picture, it shows how one act can be broken into multiple scenes.
Stage Directions
italicized comments that identify parts of the setting or the use of props or costumes, give further information about a character, or provide background information
Apples
in this text, no one is speaking the words, these are just directions of what the actors should do. in this direction, a character in the scene named Lettie is supposed to walk into the room eating an apple, sit down, and swing her feet.
Tragedy
a serious work of drama in which the hero suffers catastrophe or serious misfortune, usually because of their own actions
example:
example:
Romeo & Juliet
in this work of drama, the main characters Romeo and Juliet kill themselves in the end, leaving their families devastated all because of their own actions.
example:
Tragic hero
a protagonist with a fatal flaw which eventually leads to his demise.
Sophocle's Oedipus
Oedipus
Oedipus is an example of a tragic hero because people love him and trust him but his temper sometimes gets out of control and he ends up committing crimes and destroys his personal world and other innocent people around him.
~ Romeo & Juliet
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