By: Nathan Stringer


Drama is acted on a stage for a live audience

Drama is from the greek word Dran which means to do

The earliest known plays . . .

were written around the fifth century B.C.

produced for festivals to honor Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility

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

Conflict is a struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces. A conflict may develop . . .

between characters who want different things or the same thing

between a character and his or her circumstances

within a character who is torn by competing desires


A tragedy is a play that ends unhappily. Most classic Greek tragedies deal with serious, universal themes such as right and wrong life and deathThe protagonist of most classical tragedies is a tragic hero.