The Language of Drama

Topics: Literature, Performance, Drama Pages: 14 (628 words) Published: January 1, 2015
The Language of
Drama
Prepared by:
Nicolle Anne F. Racadio
Mary Anne C. Garcia
Mary Joyce Angeline S. Driz
Reynaida V. Calderon
Lovely Mica B. Concepcion
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What is Drama?
Form of literature that  Brecht (1964:15) says that
tells a story through the proper plays can only be
understood when
words and actions of
performed.
the characters.
 Stanislavski asserts that it
is only on stage that
It is also called a play,
drama can be revealed in
usually
all its’ fullness and
is meant to be performed significance.

by
actors and
actresses in front of an
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audience.

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 Drama is adaptation, a recreation and
reflection of reality on stage
enactment through the ability to
create alternative modes of being to
that our existence in measurable flesh
and blood
(Brian Wilks).
 Art form which can be fully realized in
the theater.
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The Nature of Drama
 A form of literature written for performance–
or, at least, written in a style that would allow
stage performance.
 As a text form, drama can be thought of as a
story told through spoken remarks and stage
directions.
 The encounters and interaction of speech:
Lying
Confronting
Prevaricating
Concealing
Admitting
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Proclaiming

For instance, Wole Soyinka writes for
performance, but has the reading
audience in mind. Nevertheless, drama is
meant to be performed before an
audience.
The primary goal of drama is
action.
The director controls the
drama.
Drama is therefore, the most
collaborative of all forms of literature.
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The Roman writer, Horace, in one of the well
known statements about the purpose of
literature in general and drama in particular,
said it was designed ‘to delight and instruct’.
The theme or subject matter of a particular
play is determined by the language of such
a play.
The language of drama is patterned on real-life
conversations among people, and yet, when
we watch a play, we have to consider the
differences between real talk and drama.
Dramatic effects are dialogue,dramatic
irony,pun,allegory,soliloquy etc.
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Dialogue
• A play exists in dialogues.
Therefore, one prominent feature
of the language of the drama is
dialogue/conversation.
• Characters use language that
reveals their status, background,
motivations, and so on.
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Dramatic irony
• Dramatic irony entails a situation
where the reader(or audience)
knows something about what’s
happening in the plot, about
which the character(s) has/have
no knowledge.
• The audience may sympathize
with the character, who does not
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know the true
situation.
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• Examples:
Odewale
Shakespeare’s Othello

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Allegory
• Allegory is an expression of a
truth by means of a particular
symbolic meaning.
• In allegory, abstract qualities
are seen and personified into
the characters.
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Pun
• The primary function of pun is to
capture the conflicts and
complex meanings of the
characters’ experiences through
the individual words.
• Puns used in comical situations
are common in Shakespearean
plays.
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Romeo
and Juliet and

Soliloquy
• Soliloquy is a dramatic speech
uttered by a character speaking
aloud alone on the stage.
• We see for example, instances of
soliloquy in Shakespeare’s
Macbeth and Hamlet.

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Conclusion
• Drama is a form of literature
written for performance or at
least written in a style that would
allow for stage performance.
• Drama as a genre of literature, is
characterized by different
movements that evolved with
varying ideologies in a way to
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speak out the
anxieties
of
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