Types of Drama: Tragedy and Comedy

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What is the function of dialogue in a play?

To reveal the personalities of the characters

What is the significance of soliloquy in classical plays?

To reveal a character's thoughts to the audience

What role do actors play in drama?

Portraying different characters

What is the purpose of dramatic devices in drama?

To substitute for reality and convey information to the audience

What is the function of monologue in a play?

To reveal a character's inner thoughts to the audience

What is the main characteristic that differentiates a tragedy from a modern play?

The hero being destroyed by an evil in society in a modern play

What is the function of stage directions in a script?

To describe where and when a scene takes place

What is the definition of staging in the context of a play?

Putting on the play, including directing and organizing the performance

What are props in the context of a play?

Items that actors use onstage during performance to support the action

In what way does a comedy stress human weakness?

By highlighting the shortcomings and flaws of characters throughout the play

Which type of drama emphasizes human greatness and typically portrays the downfall or death of a hero or character?

Tragedy

What term is used to describe items that actors use onstage during a performance to support the action?

Props

What is the term for the practice of putting on a play, typically involving notes in the script written in italics and enclosed in parenthesis or brackets?

Staging

What is the main characteristic that differentiates a tragedy from a modern play?

Depiction of a normal person destroyed by an evil in society

What type of play typically shows conflict between opposite age groups, genders, or personality types, confusion, jokes, and a happy ending?

Comedy

What are stage directions in the context of a play script typically used to describe?

Sets, costumes, props, lighting, and sound effects

In drama, what is the function of soliloquy?

To reveal the characters' personalities and traits

What does dramatic irony entail in a play?

The audience knowing something that the characters do not

What is the primary purpose of dialogue in a play?

To reveal the characters' personalities and traits

What are stage directions typically used for in a play script?

Guiding actors on their movements, gestures, and expressions

What is the role of monologue in a play?

To reveal the characters' inner thoughts and feelings

How does the setting contribute to a play?

By providing information about the time and place of events

What is the main purpose of a playwright turning scenes from an existing work into a play?

To dramatize characters, scenes, and action from an existing work

What is the function of theatrical devices in drama?

To substitute for reality and provide information to the audience

What purpose does plot serve in a play?

To describe the events, which relate to each other in a pattern or sequence that makes up a story

Learn about the two main types of drama - tragedy and comedy. Explore the characteristics of each type, from the downfall of a hero in tragedy to the conflict and humor in comedy.

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