A drama is a story enacted onstage for a live audience.
What Is Drama?
Origins of Drama
The word drama comes from the Greek verb 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.
point of highest tension; action determines how the conflict will be resolved
conflict is resolved;
Exposition characters and conflict are introduced
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.
Tragedies pit human limitations against the larger forces of destiny.
right and wrong
justice and injustice
life and death
Most classic Greek tragedies deal with serious, universal themes such as
The protagonist of most classical tragedies is a tragic hero. This hero
is noble and in many ways admirable
has a tragic flaw, a personal failing that leads to a tragic end
A comedy is a play that ends happily. The plot usually centers on a romantic conflict.
boy meets girl
boy loses girl
boy wins girl
The main characters in a comedy could be anyone:
Comic complications always occur before the conflict is resolved.
In most cases, the play ends with a wedding.