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Copy of Copy of Elements of Drama

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Jeremy Clover

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Elements of Drama
Dramatic Terms and Conventions

A major section of a play, similar to a chapter in a book; an act is usually made up of several scenes

Revenge, revenge, revenge. Iago convinces Othello that his wife cheated on him. Othello kills her, then himself. That’s messed up.

Tragedy vs. Comedy
In the Greek sense, a play that doesn’t end in death.  In modern usage, refers to a play that is humorous; this is NOT a true COMEDY. A comedy is a story of the rise in fortune of a sympathetic central character. Note: Shakespeare’s comedies always end in marriage.


In the Greek sense, a play that ends with the death of at least one of the main characters.  In modern usage, refers to a play that doesn’t have a happy ending.
Romeo and Juliet
Two teens fall in love. They marry. They commit suicide. A true emo tail.

Much Ado About Nothing
Claudio loves Hero. Hero loves Claudio. Hooray! Let’s get married, but let’s fight about a bunch of stuff for 5 acts first.

Taming of the Shrew
Vicious woman needs to tone it down. Only one way to do that. Marry her off to a dude that needs money. Hooray!

Tragedy vs. Comedy
When two or more characters speak to each other
When one character speaks alone (other characters listen)

An important speech made that serves as an interior (inner) monologue (the character is alone on-stage
A quick comment or mini-soliloquy; a character quickly addresses only the audience or another character. Other characters cannot hear.

What type of chatter is it?
1. dialogue
2. monologue
3. soliloquy
4. aside
a subdivision of an act; usually, a scene indicates a specific location or time, and changes if another location or time is supposed to be presented.  A scene usually ends when all the characters in the scene leave the stage.

an instruction written into the script of a play, indicating stage actions, movements of performers, or production requirements.

to plan or work out the movement of performers in a play
Stage Left
Stage Right
Down Stage
Up stage
Time for
ENTER: Actor walks onto the stage.

EXIT: Actor leaves the stage.

EXEUNT: ALL actors leave the stage.

A play is a story acted out, live and onstage. It presents characters performed by flesh-and-blood people in a physical setting, interacting before our eyes.
In most tragedies the central character is a noble figure, known as the
tragic hero
, who has a personal failing that leads to his or her downfall.
tragic flaw
might be excessive pride, ambition, rebelliousness, or passion—imperfections that lead the otherwise noble hero to make choices that doom him or her to a tragic end.
Tragic Hero
Tragic Flaw
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