The Language of
Nicolle Anne F. Racadio
Mary Anne C. Garcia
Mary Joyce Angeline S. Driz
Reynaida V. Calderon
Lovely Mica B. Concepcion
What is Drama?
Form of literature that Brecht (1964:15) says that
tells a story through the proper plays can only be
words and actions of
Stanislavski asserts that it
is only on stage that
It is also called a play,
drama can be revealed in
all its’ fullness and
is meant to be performed significance.
actresses in front of an
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
Art form which can be fully realized in
The Nature of Drama
A form of literature written for performance–
or, at least, written in a style that would allow
As a text form, drama can be thought of as a
story told through spoken remarks and stage
The encounters and interaction of speech:
For instance, Wole Soyinka writes for
performance, but has the reading
audience in mind. Nevertheless, drama is
meant to be performed before an
The primary goal of drama is
The director controls the
Drama is therefore, the most
collaborative of all forms of literature.
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
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
• A play exists in dialogues.
Therefore, one prominent feature
of the language of the drama is
• Characters use language that
reveals their status, background,
motivations, and so on.
• 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
• The audience may sympathize
with the character, who does not
know the true
• Allegory is an expression of a
truth by means of a particular
• In allegory, abstract qualities
are seen and personified into
• 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
and Juliet and
• 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.
• 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
speak out the
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