Elements of Drama (Activity)

Fill in the blanks. Choose from the answers in the word cloud below.

  • In drama, there is usually no narrator; the audience is invited to infer meaning from the characters’ actions, words, and the props on stage and other sensorial embellishments (costumes, lighting, music and sound effects, etc.) that make up the play’s __________.
  • Spoken words onstage may be classified into four: when a single character delivers a long speech, it’s called a __________.
  • When that long speech is delivered as though the character is speaking to himself/herself alone on the stage, it’s called a __________.
  • When characters speak to one another, the exchange of words is called __________.
  • When a character steps out of the scene for a while to confidentially address the audience, perhaps to comment about the scene or another character, it’s called an __________.
  • Plays are largely classified into two according to purpose: tragedy and comedy (with tragicomedy as a combination). The purpose of tragedy is to elicit two emotions from the audience, (6.1) __________ and (6.2)__________, to produce (6.3) __________ or emotional release in the audience.
  • To attain the purpose of tragedy, the protagonist called a must be highly relatable to the audience in that he/ she, like a typical human being, possesses a noble character yet afflicted with a weakness called a __________.
  • This weakness, minor in comparison to the hugeness of the character’s noble traits, nevertheless causes his/her downfall. The result is called __________, or an overdetermined series of events that have snowballed into inevitable, and to some degree undeserved, ruin.
  • Tragedy, however, is only truly attained when the protagonist realizes his or her flaw. Otherwise, what is attained is simply __________ or mere sentimentality.