The (8) Basic Elements of Drama

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A detailed definition of the basics of drama with a corresponding short story that highlights each particular theme.

PLOT
(The Most Dangerous Game)

...the series of events that comprise the whole story that is told in a novel, play, movie, TV show, etc.

DIALOGUE
(Catch the Moon)

...the "lines" (words, facial expressions, body language) "spoken" by characters in a drama or fiction intended to convey intent, feeling, action or thought

CHARACTER
(The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

...the "people" in a novel, play, movie, TV show, etc. that exhibit characteristics (attributes and experiences that determine or influence moral, ethical, intellectual and emotional actions, reactions and thought processes)

AUDIENCE
(The Gift of the Magi)

...a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance

STAGECRAFT
(To Build a Fire)

...the art and craft of establishing the physical environment of a production

GENRE
(A Sound of Thunder)

...a kind of literary or artistic work that follows a particular technique or includes certain characteristic forms

CONVENTION
(The Incident at Owl Creek Bridge)

...the set of practices or characteristics within a drama or artistic work that are expected to be included in order to establish the genre

THEME
(A Very Old Man with an Enormous Pair of Wings/Thank You, Ma'am)

...the unifying idea that is reflected through recurrent elements within a literary or artistic work

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