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Dramatic Structure Terms
Dramatic Structure terms like plot, theme, rising action, climax, etc.
The series of events that happen before the audience
The particular subject matter of the work.
The beginning of the story or play, can also be considered the who, what, where, when, or why
Antecedent Action (preliminary situation)
Events that have occured before the play begins
(Insighting action), the first sign of a problem, beginning of a conflict
The conflict becomes more complex
The highest point of tension, where the situation can get no worse: something must break
The events that lead to the conclusion
Tells which way the climax broke
Tells outcome of the entire situation
The "why" or explanation of the outcome
The agent trying to move the action forward (mostly the good guy, rarely the bad guy)
The agent trying to stop the action (mostly the bad guy, rarely the good guy)
What is the basis of drama?