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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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How to analyze a play

Analyzing

a

Play


How to analyze a play

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.


How to analyze a play

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.


How to analyze a play

Next, determine the form of the play. The form can be divided into :


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.


How to analyze a play

In these plays, the actors donot acknowledge the audience’s presence.


Presentational

presentational

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


How to analyze a play

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


How to analyze a play

Themood of the play will determine the emotions aroused in the spectators.


Tragedy

tragedy -

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


How to analyze a play

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.


How to analyze a play

There is more emotional detachment in comedy than in tragedy.


How to analyze a play

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..


How to analyze a play

Emphasis is on action and chance rather than on character or social problems


How to analyze a play

The theme of the play encompasses a generally accepted truth of life.


How to analyze a play

it embodies the author’s purpose or point in writing the play.


How to analyze a play

Themeunifies the character and story


How to analyze a play

It involves conflict or struggle that is resolved in action which ultimately leads to a climax and a logical conclusion.


How to analyze a play

The plotconsists of a series of incidents unified by the theme.


How to analyze a play

  • It involves conflict or struggle that is resolved in action which ultimately leads to a climax and a logical conclusion.


How to analyze a play

The following is an outline of

plot structure:


How to analyze a play

  • opening situation

  • initial incident

  • rising action

  • climax

  • denouement


How to analyze a play

When you have completed the analysis, turn to your character and his relationship to that play.


How to analyze a play

  • Decide his/her place in the conflict.

  • Is he on the side of the protagonist or antagonist?


How to analyze a play

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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