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What is a Drama?
Transcript of What is a Drama?
means "to do" or "to act" it is a form of literature that's meant to be
performed for an audience. Dialogue Stage Directions conversation of 2 or more people in writing - moves the plot along
- reveals characterization Instructions for the director, performers,
designers, or stage crew. - Printed in italics
- Often enclosed in parentheses
- Tell actors how to act and move
- Describe scenery 1. Setting 3. Characterization 4. Theme
Surroundings and environment Time and place of the drama can be in the past, present, or future
can be real or imagined Setting is revealed in
or through dialogue the Storyline the plan, scheme, or main story of the drama Exposition,
Introduction Rising Action Climax Denouement
(Resolution) Falling Action START FINISH 1 2 3 4 5 creation and convincing representation
of fictitious characters this is achieved through:
- what the characters say and do
- what other characters say about them Protagonist Antagonist Static Character Dynamic Character the chief character, leading figure Character who stands opposed to protagonist,
a rival or opponent stay the same throughout the play;
their experiences do not change them change and/or grow because of the
action in the plot. A central idea about life that readers can relate to. Tragedy Satire Farce when the main character goes
from having good fortune to bad fortune when an ordinary person goes
from bad fortune to good fortune expose and ridicule the folly and vices of humans --> so that we may improve a short, humorous play that focuses more on
exaggerated, improbably situations rather than character development exposition/introduction:
sets up the story.
what is the setting?
who are the characters? Rising Action: when conflict begins to build up
(before climax) climax: most exciting/turning point of the story falling action: when conflict begins to wind down
(after climax) Denouement (Resolution):
Issues are worked out, story comes to an end Monologue: one character speaks at length to another character Soliloquy: one character speaks at length, alone Aside: words supposedly not heard by characters on stage, but heard by the audience