Elements of Drama

By: Chandler Cordon

Drama

is a story enacted onstage for a live audience


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.

Conflict / Tragedy

is a struggle or clash between opposing characters or forces.

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

life and death

Comedy

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

•Comic complications always occur before the conflict is resolved.

In most cases, the play ends with a wedding

Vocab

Lark- source of amusement

Junction- intersection of roads especially where one terminates

Nondescript- not easily described

Sinister- conductive of evil

Assurance- pledge, guarantee

Monotony- sameness of tone or sound

Foreshadowing- hinting what will come

Dialogue- words spoken by actors

Stage Direction- instructions to actors