Formal Strategies of Literature

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Formal Strategies for Drama

Freytag’s Pyramid: According to Freytag, a drama is divided into five parts, or acts,[5] which some refer to as a dramatic arc: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and dénouement.

Exposition” the stage of dramatic or narrative structures that introduces all things necessary for development of the plot.(anyplace through out a story, strategically placed.

Complication: a stage of narrative and dramatic structure in which the major conflicts are brought out; the rising action of a drama.

Crisis or climax: the high point or conflict and tension preceding the resolution or dénouement of a story or play; the point of decision, of inevitability and no return. The climax is sometimes equated with the crisis in the consideration of dramatic and narrative structure.

Falling action the overturning of the dramatic plot, the fourth stage in the structure immediately following the climax, the dénouement of a play in which things are explained and put into place

Resolution: the final stage of plot development, in which mysteries are explained, characters find their destinies, lovers are united, sanity is restored, and the work is completed. Usually the denouement is done as speedily as possible, for it occurs after all conflicts are ended and little that is new can begin to hold the interest of readers

Setting: The natural manufactured and cultural environment in which characters live and move, including all their possessions, homes ways of life, and assumptions

Set: the physical scenery and properties used in theatrical productions

Props: the furniture...
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