Kinds of Drama

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a type of drama in which the characters experience reversals of fortune, usually for the worse. Catastrophe and suffering await many of the characters, especially the hero


othello is an example of this


hamlet is an example of this


a type of drama in which the characters experience reversals of fortune, usually for the better. Things work out happily in the end. May be romantic - characterized by a tone of tolerance and geniality - or satiric. Satiric works offer a darker vision of human nature, one that ridicules human folly


a light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick events are used for humorous effect. It is the situation here which provides the humor, not the cleverness of plot or lines, nor the absurdities of the character


a drama, such as a play, film, or television program, characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and interpersonal conflicts

romantic melodrama

an extended fictional prose narrative about improbable events involving characters that are quite different from ordinary people.

romantic melodrama

knights on a quest for a magic sword and aided by characters like fairies and trolls are an example of this

satire melodrama

a literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit. A literary mode based on criticism of people and society through ridicule


the unified structure of incidents in a literary work


the idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language, character, and action, and cast in the form of a generalization


the time and place of a literary work that establish its context


a struggle between opposing forces in a story or play, usually resolved by the end of the work. this may occur within a character or between characters


the means by which writers present and reveal character. revealed through speech, dress, manner, and actions


the main character of a literary work

dynamic character

a character who during the course of a story undergoes a permanent change in some aspect of character or outlook

round character

a character whose personality is complex and many sided


a character or force against which another struggles

static character

a character who is the same sort of person at the end of a story as the beginning

flat character

a character whose personality is summed up in one or two traits

tragic hero

a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering

foil character

a character who contrasts and parallels the main character in a play or story

stock character

a stereotyped character: one whose nature is familiar to us from prototypes in previous literature


the implied attitude of a writer toward the subject and characters of a work


words spoken by an actor directly to the audience which are not "heard" by the other characters


a speech in a play that is meant to be heard by the audience but not by other characters on the stage.


the conversation of characters in a literary work.


the turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. the greatest point of tension


the resolution of the plot of a literary work.

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