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 plays center on characters and action that create an illusion of real life.
The scenery looks like a real room and the actors respond in a way that the audience recognizes as life-like.
non-realistic plays contain characters, events, and scenery that are exaggerated to the extent that they depart from real life.
Next, determine the form of the play. The form can be divided into :
Are plays written with the “fourth wall”in mind
Is the invisible wall that extends between stage and audience and that establishes the fourth side of the set.
In these plays, the actors donot acknowledge the audience’s presence.
When the author recognizes the presence of the audience and directly presents the play to them.
Actors break the stage illusion by talking directly to the audience or by permitting the audience to see the theatrical devices being used.
Themood of the play will determine the emotions aroused in the spectators.
the audience watches the tragic hero struggle with a problem he is unable to solve.
Because of the depth of emotion, the audience experiences pity and terror, resulting in a catharsis
Is a purging of these emotions that uplifts the soul and leaves the spectator calm.
the audience is invited to be amused or to laugh.
There is more emotional detachment in comedy than in tragedy.
The audience enjoys the hero’s antics and minor catastrophes, knowing in the end, the hero will solve his/her problem successfully.
is a term applied to those plays that treat their subject seriously and yet do not fall into the tragic division.
its purpose is to arouse great suspense, excitement, and thrills to the audience..
Emphasis is on action and chance rather than on character or social problems
The theme of the play encompasses a generally accepted truth of life.
it embodies the author’s purpose or point in writing the play.
Themeunifies the character and story
It involves conflict or struggle that is resolved in action which ultimately leads to a climax and a logical conclusion.
The plotconsists of a series of incidents unified by the theme.
The following is an outline of
When you have completed the analysis, turn to your character and his relationship to that play.
You should explain in your analysis who is the protagonist and antagonist even if your character is not one of them