Conventions Of Drama

Through the centuries, the conventions of drama have been altered in many different ways. These conventions are the setting, plot, characters and staging. The main factor which has been a dominant force during the changes of conventions has been the society. The society present during the time in which a play was written had a … Read more

Studying Drama Essay

The text Studying Drama written by Michael Patterson deals with the question how drama as a literary genre really works and with its development from its origins in Ancient Greece till nowadays. At the beginning of the text Patterson exemplifies the general characteristics of a play. In a play environment and setting are not described … Read more

Drama And Theatre

The question asked is ‘what is drama? ‘ Can we truly define it? Is there a ‘textbook’ definition of something that can be so personal? What is drama in relation to theatre? Why is drama so important? What are its uses, its aims? Some have said that drama develops self-esteem and encourages creativity and imagination. … Read more

Opera, The Combination Of Drama And Music

Imagine you are in a darkened theater and on stage are the actors. Behind the actors you can see the scenery. Down in front of the stage, in what is called the pit, is an orchestra and a conductor. As the orchestra plays, the actors on stage do not speak their lines they sing them! … Read more

Willy Loman the Tragic Hero

A mighty warrior, slain during a battle while defending his familys honor comes to mind when we consider what makes a hero; not the image of a traveling salesman committing suicide to acquire personal satisfaction. In Millers play Death of A Salesman, Willy Lomans desire for success became his central drive with such intensity that … Read more

The Life of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath’s life, like her manic depression, constantly jumped between Heaven and Hell. Her seemingly perfect exterior hid a turbulent and deeply troubled spirit. A closer look at her childhood and personal experiences removes some element of mystery from her writings. One central character to Sylvia Plath’s poems is her father, Professor Otto Emile Plath. … Read more

Saint Sernin of Toulouse and Notre Dame of Paris

When one thinks of St. Sernin and Notre Dame, one tends to think of two beautiful cathedrals, not to churches that portray two totally different styles of architecture. Those two styles are, of course, Romanesque in St. Sernin and the Gothic style of Notre Dame. Some characteristics that these two buildings share include quest for … Read more

The Importance of Characters’ Past in Realist Drama

In realist drama emphasis is placed on the depth of characters. It is characterized for its non-stereotypical characters that enhance the realism of the play. The past of characters has a great deal to do with defining a character’s personality and conduct. This essay will examine with the aid of A Streetcar Named Desire by … Read more

Effective Dramatic Irony In Oedipus The King

In Oedipus The King, Sophocles creates rising action by asking dramatic questions throughout the play. These questions generate suspense in the audience when they become dramatic irony and amplify the climax. During the falling action, Oedipus is engulfed in misery when he experiences a reversal of fortune. Finally, Oedipus goes through a discovery process ending … Read more

The ends of “Heart or Darkness” and “Apocalypse Now”

The ends of “Heart or Darkness” and “Apocalypse Now” are dramatically different and change the whole meaning of the story. The first is in the Movie. Marlow’s friend gets his head chopped off. In the book, he has no such friend. Marlow arrives at the boat by himself. This changes the movie dramatically because this … Read more

Irony of Small Trifles

In the drama Trifles, Glaspell shows two main view points. That is how the men have the role of being the head of everything and how the women do not get as fairly treated and are only house maids to the men. She characterizes the men as not giving the women the credit they deserve … Read more