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Analyzing a Play. Determine the style of the play. The style can be divided into:. realistic. realistic plays center on characters and action that create an illusion of real life. .

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Determine the style of the play.

The style can be divided into:

realistic
realistic

realistic plays center on characters and action that create an illusion of real life.

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The scenery looks like a real room and the actors respond in a way that the audience recognizes as life-like.
non realistic
Non-realistic

non-realistic plays contain characters, events, and scenery that are exaggerated to the extent that they depart from real life.

representational
representational -

Are plays written with the “fourth wall”in mind

the fourth wall
The Fourth Wall

Is the invisible wall that extends between stage and audience and that establishes the fourth side of the set.

presentational
presentational

When the author recognizes the presence of the audience and directly presents the play to them.

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Actors break the stage illusion by talking directly to the audience or by permitting the audience to see the theatrical devices being used.
tragedy
tragedy -

the audience watches the tragic hero struggle with a problem he is unable to solve.

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Because of the depth of emotion, the audience experiences pity and terror, resulting in a catharsis
catharsis
catharsis

Is a purging of these emotions that uplifts the soul and leaves the spectator calm.

comedy
Comedy

the audience is invited to be amused or to laugh.

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The audience enjoys the hero’s antics and minor catastrophes, knowing in the end, the hero will solve his/her problem successfully.
serious drama
serious drama

is a term applied to those plays that treat their subject seriously and yet do not fall into the tragic division.

melodrama
melodrama

its purpose is to arouse great suspense, excitement, and thrills to the audience..

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It involves conflict or struggle that is resolved in action which ultimately leads to a climax and a logical conclusion.
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It involves conflict or struggle that is resolved in action which ultimately leads to a climax and a logical conclusion.
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opening situation
  • initial incident
  • rising action
  • climax
  • denouement
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Decide his/her place in the conflict.
  • Is he on the side of the protagonist or antagonist?
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You should explain in your analysis who is the protagonist and antagonist even if your character is not one of them
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