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Common Dramatic Devices used by Dramatists

Shows common devices dramatists use to obtain special effects.
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Contrast
alternating humor and pathos, song and dialogue, tense and tranquil scenes.
Irony
lines having one meaning for the audience and another for the character to whom they are spoken.
Suspense
the feeling of not knowing for sure what will happen, but anticipating it.
Surprise
unexpected twist or turn.
Soliloquy
character speaking to the world in general with no other characters in the scene.
Aside
character speaking confidentially to the audience (often humorously) as if other characters cannot hear what is said.
Disguise
props to change the appearance of the character to fool other characters in the play.
Pause
an incident introduced just before the climax to mislead the audience.
Poetic Justice
letting the villain be punished and the hero reap reward.