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Elements of Drama. Drama. Anticlimax:. Like a climax, an anticlimax is the turning point in a story. However, an anticlimax is always a let down. It’s the point at which you learn the story will not turn out as you expected. Characterization:.

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anticlimax
Anticlimax:
  • Like a climax, an anticlimax is the turning point in a story. However, an anticlimax is always a let down. It’s the point at which you learn the story will not turn out as you expected.
characterization
Characterization:
  • the act of creating and developing a character. In direct characterization, the author directly sates a character’s traits. In indirect characterization an author tells what a character looks like, does, and says, as well as the way other characters react to him or her. The reader must draw conclusions about the character based on this indirect information.
dialogue
Dialogue:
  • is a conversation between characters. It is used to reveal character and to advance action. In a story or novel, quotation marks are used to indicate a speaker’s exact words. Quotation marks are not used n a script, which is the printed version of a play.
foreshadowing
Foreshadowing:
  • is the use of clues that suggest events that have yet to occur. The use of this technique helps tocreate suspense.
imagery
Imagery:
  • is the descriptive or figurative language used in literature to create word pictures for the reader by details of sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, or movement.
irony
Irony:
  • is the general term for literary techniques that portray differences between appearances and reality, expectation and result or meaning and intention.
literary language
Literary Language:
  • uses words in their ordinary senses. It is the opposite of figurative language.
monologue
Monologue:
  • is a speech by one character in a play, story, or poem.
motivation
Motivation:
  • is a reason that explains or partially explains why a character thinks, feels, acts, or behaves in a certain way.
persuasion
Persuasion:
  • is writing or speech that attempts to convince the reader to adopt a particular opinion or course of action.
sensory language
Sensory Language:
  • is writing or speech that appeals to one or more of the senses.
stage directions
Stage Directions:
  • are notes included in a drama to describe how the work is to be performed or staged. They are used to describe sets, lighting, sound effects, ad the appearance, personalities, and movements of characters.
suspense
Suspense:
  • is a feeling of curiosity or uncertainty about the outcome of events in a literary work.
symbol
Symbol:
  • is anything that stands for or represents something else. An object that serves as a symbol has its own meaning but it also represents abstract ideas. Writers sometimes use conventional symbols in their work, but they also create symbols of their own through emphasis.
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Tone:
  • is the writer’s attitude toward his or her audience and subject.
tragedy
Tragedy:
  • is a work of literature, especially a play that results in a catastrophe for the main character.