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Dramatic Structure Terms

Dramatic Structure terms like plot, theme, rising action, climax, etc.
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Plot
The series of events that happen before the audience
Theme
The particular subject matter of the work.
Exposition
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
Initial Incident
(Insighting action), the first sign of a problem, beginning of a conflict
Rising Action
The conflict becomes more complex
Climax
The highest point of tension, where the situation can get no worse: something must break
Falling Action
The events that lead to the conclusion
Resolution
Tells which way the climax broke
Conclusion
Tells outcome of the entire situation
Denouement
The "why" or explanation of the outcome
Protagonist
The agent trying to move the action forward (mostly the good guy, rarely the bad guy)
Antagonist
The agent trying to stop the action (mostly the bad guy, rarely the good guy)
What is the basis of drama?
Conflict