Flashcards in Drama Test Deck (35):
Works against the protagonist, and this friction or tension creates the conflict in the storyline and motivates them to hurt the protagonist.
Ex. Dr. Doofenshmirtz
Has the central role in a dramatic script, and is motivated by a goal, need, or desire.
Ex. Perry the Platypus
The character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy.
Any lighthearted or humorous literacy work
In which the the dialogue and actions of characters provide insight into complicated issues, such as love, relationships or death.
A main character that's fully developed and complex, that changes throughout the play.
In which a sympathetic main character maneuvers through pitfalls of love resulting in a humorous situation.
Is a technique used by playwrights to relieve the seriousness pr emotional intensity of a literary work
Is a recurring element in one or more works of literature
A written form of a play
Characters that play lesser roles in a drama, characters that are flat and lack complexity and typically remain unchanged
Minor characters whose personalities serve to highlight the weakness or the main character or tragic hero.
Is a conversation between two or more characters
Is a long speech made by one character.
A character pulls the audience aside to reveal his or her innermost thoughts and feelings about a topic
Speech delivered by a character alone on stage that reveals the characters thoughts and feelings
Theater of the absurd
Characters are unpredictable, situations are improbable or meaning less and dialogue is filled with wordplay.
What is the different between an Act and a Scene play?
Acts are the major divisions of a play, but they are often divided into scenes that mark a change
What is a tragedy? A comedy?
A tragedy describes both a play about the downfall of a sympathetic character or protagonist and a story with an unhappy ending. A comedy is any lighthearted or humorous literary work.
What is the purposes of drama?
•enlighten viewers by sharing the human condition
•help viewers gain insight into themselves and others
•teach viewers empathy
•allow viewers to explore other visions of the world
What are the 4 types of dramatic speech?
Dialogue, monologue, soliloquy and aside
What is a motif?
A recurring element in one or more works of literature or art.
Why does a writer include stage direction in plays? What does it help to describe?
They describe how a play should be presented or preformed.
Describes: setting, lighting, costume, action and emotion.
What is a script
A written form of a play
Is Romeo and Juliet a comedy or a tragedy?
What are some descriptions of tragic flaws?
Arrogance, pride/hubris, jealous, ambition/power, stubbornness, greed, indecisiveness, inaction, gullibility, hypocrisy, anger, vengefulness.
What are the parts of a 5-part play?
What is the difference between a soliloquy and an aside?
A soliloquy is a speech delivered by a character alone on stage that reveals the character's thoughts and feelings. An aside pulls the audience aside to reveal his or her innermost thoughts and feelings on a topic.
When did William Shakespeare lead a revival in drama?
During the English Renaissance
What is satire? Who was it typically used against?
A satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose people's stupidity or vices.
What do we learn about characters when we watch them on stage in a play?
We learn their personalities, motives, emotional states, relationships, attitudes, and life experiences.
What are different types of comedies?
Comedy of manners, farce, satire, romantic comedy
Why does a play writer organize his/her play into 5 parts?
Because they follow the organization of a plot structure for a work of fiction
What are the differences between major and minor characters?
Major characters: play important roles, round characters, undergo a change throughout the drama.
Minor characters: flat, lack complexity & typically remain unchanged.