How Dialogue And The Stage Affects An Audience 's Perception

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Over the course of this semester, this playwriting class has taught me much about the fundamentals of constructing a scene, how dialogue and the stage can affect an audience’s perception, and many of the challenges playwrights face. I have come to have a greater appreciation of the form, having now experienced the process myself. Plays often have multiple subplots and sub-themes that can be difficult for an undiscerning eye to pick out, but I feel that I have honed my dramaturgical analysis. I really enjoyed this semester, and I have definitely improved as a playwright. I broadened my abilities as both a reader and a writer. My dialogue has developed further, becoming more varied and rich. I have also learned how to harness my creativity more easily, creating more of a story in my writing than I had previously thought was possible. The plays we read this semester gave me ample opportunity to expand my insights both as a reader and as a playwright. Since plays are written for the stage, I often found myself trying to imagine how a specific scene would look onstage when reading a play. Although I do not have the creative mind of a stage designer, I could often form a complete picture of a set and character placement while reading Our Town by Thornton Wilder and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. I also have become much more adept at spotting exposition and character development. It’s amazing how obvious a writer’s intentions can become when simply looking a little closer.
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