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Elements of Drama & William Shakespeare
Is intended to be acted out. Drama Is intended to be acted out. There are two types of dramas: Comedy & tragegy
Comedy Tragedy Is often humorous and amusingPresents serious events, ends unhappily Tragedy
Dialogue A conversation between characters in a literary work.
Function of Dialogue Dialogue brings characters to life by revealing their personalities and by showing what they are thinking and feeling as they react to other characters.
Scene Design A subdivision of an act in a play. Each scene usually takes place in a specific setting and time.
Function of the Scene DesignThe scene design allows the author of the play to create a sense of Setting (see pg. 563).
Soliloquies A long speech delivered by a character who is ALONE onstage. See Romeo’s soliloquy in Act II, scene 2 (pg. 609).
Function of SoliloquiesA soliloquy typically reveals the private thoughts and emotions of the character.
Monologue Monologue- long speech by one single character, though other characters are present. A monologue also reveals private thoughts of characters.
Asides In a play, a comment made by a character, but is not heard by the other characters onstage. Example: Act I, scene (pg. 584). Sampson and Gregory speak without Abram hearing.
Function of Asides Asides are frequently used to provide information to the audience and to reveal the private thoughts of characters.
Foil A character who provides a strong contrast to another character.
Function of Foil CharactersA foil may emphasize another character’s distinctive traits or make a character look better by comparison.
Often found in brackets [ …… ] Stage Directions Often found in brackets [ …… ] Describe scenery and how characters speak
William Shakespeare Born in 1564 in England Moved to London at age 24By 1592 was a successful actor and playwright
William Shakespeare Wrote 38 plays, 2 epic poems, and over 150 sonnetsWork was well liked, even by the King & Queen Died in 1616
William Shakespeare While his plays were well liked, it was not until after his death that they reached major publication and widespread fame.
William Shakespeare Shakespeare’s works were (and still are) performed at the Globe Theater in London.
William Shakespeare & Romeo and Juliet
Craft Lesson: Structure and Elements of Drama. History of drama… Drama was developed more than 2,500 years ago. The ancient Greeks held a dramatic competition.
Drama Terms Romeo and Juliet By: William Shakespeare.
Dramatic and Literary Elements Tools for Reading and Understanding Shakespeare.
Elements of Drama.
Five act structure. Five Acts Shakespeare follows the Greek format developed by Sophocles. Tragic character suffers a reversal of fortune Reversal of.
Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. ◦ (DRAMA IS FICTIONAL ACTING) The term comes from a Greek word meaning "action"
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND DEFINITIONS OF TERMS STAGE APPLICATIONS
“Romeo & Juliet” Literary Terms Drama a story written to be performed by actors.
William Shakespeare A Midsummer’s Night Dream Much Ado about Nothing The Life and Death of King Richard III.
Act I Literary Terms and Devices of Focus. Dramatic Exposition: conveys important background information about the setting and characters.
the Vocabulary of DRAMA
Elements of Drama. A drama is written to be performed. The written form is called –A script The author is called a playwright or a dramatist.
Romeo & Juliet Literary Terms Drama a story written to be performed by actors.
Drama Forms and Stagecraft.
11/5/10 Intro Activity: – What is a tragedy? List examples of literary works that are “tragic”.
Elizabethan Theatre Elizabethan Theatre Mrs. Leach.
Shakespearean Drama Vocabulary and Terms.
Dialogue: tells the story Soliloquy- a long speech expressing private thoughts, delivered by a character who is ALONE onstage Monologue- a long speech.
What is drama? The word drama comes from the Greek word for “action.” Drama is a form of literature designed to be performed in front of an audience.
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