13 terms

Drama Terms

Summer School - drama terms
STUDY
PLAY
theme
The main idea or meaning of a text. Often, this is an insight about human life revealed in a literary work
Act
a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
scene
a subdivision of an act of a play
exposition
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).
plot
the sequence of events in a story
conflict
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
dialogue
a conversation between two persons
characterization
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
irony
A contrast between expectation and reality
motivation
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