Elements of Drama
• Like a climax, an anticlimax is the turning
point in a story. However, an anticlimax
is always a let down. It’s the point at
which you learn the story will not turn out
as you expected.
• the act of creating and developing a
character. In direct characterization, the
author directly sates a character’s traits.
In indirect characterization an author tells
what a character looks like, does, and
says, as well as the way other characters
react to him or her. The reader must draw
conclusions about the character based on
this indirect information.
• is a conversation between characters. It is
used to reveal character and to advance
action. In a story or novel, quotation
marks are used to indicate a speaker’s
exact words. Quotation marks are not
used n a script, which is the printed
version of a play.
• is the use of clues that suggest events that
have yet to occur. The use of this technique
helps to create suspense.
• is the descriptive or figurative language
used in literature to create word pictures
for the reader by details of sight, sound,
taste, touch, smell, or movement.
• is the general term for literary techniques
that portray differences between
appearances and reality, expectation and
result or meaning and intention.
• uses words in their ordinary senses. It is
the opposite of figurative language.
• is a speech by one character in a play,
story, or poem.
• is a reason that explains or partially
explains why a character thinks, feels,
acts, or behaves in a certain way.
• is writing or speech that attempts to
convince the reader to adopt a particular
opinion or course of action.
• is writing or speech that appeals to one or
more of the senses.
• are notes included in a drama to describe
how the work is to be performed or
staged. They are used to describe sets,
lighting, sound effects, ad the appearance,
personalities, and movements of
• is a feeling of curiosity or uncertainty
about the outcome of events in a literary
• is anything that stands for or represents
something else. An object that serves as a
symbol has its own meaning but it also
represents abstract ideas. Writers
sometimes use conventional symbols in
their work, but they also create symbols of
their own through emphasis.
• is the writer’s attitude toward his or her
audience and subject.
• is a work of literature, especially a play that
results in a catastrophe for the main