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Transcript of The Crucible
definitions Comedy- is a play that has a happy ending. Comedies often show ordinary characters in conflict with society---conflicts that arise from misunderstandings, deceptions, disapproving parents, or mistaken identities.
Tragedy- is a play that shows the downfall or death of the main character, or tragic hero.
Tragic flaw- a mistake or unwise decision. Sometimes, this mistake is the result of an innate character weakness, such as excessive pride.
Comedy and Tragedy
Definitions The Crucible Play- A drama or play, is several key elements.
Plot- is the ordered sequence of events that makes up the play.
Acts- to demonstrate or illustrate by words and gestures.
Scenes- are acts that are broken down into scenes.
Characters- are people who participate in the action of the play and are portrayed onstage by Actors.
Dialogue- is the conversation and speeches of the characters.
Stage directions- are notes included in the play to describe the sets, costumes, lighting, scenery, sound effects, and props (the objects used on stage). Other types of Drama - History Plays; such as many by Shakespeare, are base on events of the past.
- Melodrama; features stereotyped character and exaggerated conflicts.
- Tragicomedy; combines tragic and comic elements.
- Political Drama; reflects the author's opinion on a political theme or issues. Dramatic Conventions Dramatic Conventions- are literary devices that break the illusion of reality. In a practice called the suspension of disbelief, the audience agrees to accept these conventions while watching--or reading--play.
Soliloquy- is a speech in which a character who is alone on stage reveals private thoughts and feelings to the audience. This character may appear to address the audience directly, but it is understood that the audience is overhearing the character talking or thinking out loud.
Aside- is a brief remark delivered by a character to express private thoughts while other characters are onstage. Like a soliloquy, it is directed to the audience and presumed to be unheard by the other characters.
The transition from one scene or act to another might involve a considerable passage of time in the plot.