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Summer School - drama terms


The main idea or meaning of a text. Often, this is an insight about human life revealed in a literary work


a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet


a subdivision of an act of a play


The opening of a story,when the characters and their conflicts are introduced.

stage directions

A playwright's written instructions about how the actors are to move and behave in a play (generally in italics).


the sequence of events in a story


opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)


a conversation between two persons


the way an author presents a character and reveals character traits - by - what a character says - what a character thinks - what a character does - how a character responds to other characters


A contrast between expectation and reality


a character's incentive or reason for behaving in a certain manner

stock character

the stereotyped character in which he is immediately known from typical characters in history

dynamic character

one whose character changes in the course of the play or story

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