The Role of Drama in Our Society

4602 Words May 26th, 2011 19 Pages
DRAMA

WHAT IS DRAMA?
Drama is a literary composition to be acted by players on a stage before an audience. Its successful portrayal depends on the cooperation that must exist among writers, actors, producers and audiences in accepting the limitations and the conventions of the stage.
Since the turn of the twentieth century, modern drama has become the greatest form of mass entertainment in the western world. Experimentation and innovation are basic to this century’s dramatist. Through movies and television, everyone has experienced the excitement and emotional involvement that gives the drama its important place in our lives today.
The drama is difficult to read because it is meant to be seen, not read. It demands much imagination and
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Developing the Action
Preliminary Exposition: The beginning must be clear, brief, and interesting.
Every detail must have a purpose: characters are introduced in their roles, background information is given, the mood and tone are established, the time and place are given, and any necessary hints at the outcome or suggestion of theme that will give understanding to the plot is provided.

Complications: The complications which keep the plot moving forward must have some basis in real life. They develop through series of crises that move in waves of heightened emotion, all moving upwards to a peak of crisis or climax where the action reverses from the previous rising action and the events go for or against the protagonist towards a final outcome. The falling action, like the rising action, moves in waves of emotional crises. The denoument should be natural in its outcome, inevitable in its solutions, unless it is a surprise ending, and realistic in its purpose.

Suspense: Suspense in situations which rouse our concern for the welfare of the characters can be created in many ways in a play. It can be accomplished through a series of crises and a major crisis or climax, foreshadowing, surprise or use of the unexpected, withholding information, disguise, and the intervention of chance or fate.

Dramatic Emphasis: Emphasis is maintained by demonstrating every point to the audience. Every scene or conversation between characters must have a purpose; dialogue must not