Drama

By JM

What Is Drama?

A drama is a story enacted onstage for a live audience.

Origins of Drama-

The word drama comes from the Greek verb dran, which means “to do.”

Like the plot of a story, the plot of a play involves characters who face a problem or conflict.


Exposition
characters and conflict are introduced


Complications

tension builds


Climax

point of highest tension;
action determines how the conflict will be resolved


Resolution

conflict is resolved;

play ends


A tragedy is a play that ends unhappily.

•Most classic Greek tragedies deal with serious, universal themes such as

right and wrong

justice and injustice


The protagonist of most classical tragedies is a tragic hero. This hero

•is noble and in many ways admirable


Comedy

A comedy is a play that ends happily. The plot usually centers on a romantic conflict.