These masks represent the two main genres of drama, comedy and
tragedy. Define comedy and tragedy, and then brainstorm a list of comedies and
tragedies. Focus on books or stories you have read, but you may explore other media
such as films or graphic novels.
1. Comedy –
2. Tragedy –
Comedy Tragedy examples
1. It makes sense that people would enjoy comedy, but why do you think
tragedy has remained so popular throughout the years?
2. In addition to comedy and tragedy, we have many genres for literature, film –
even acting itself. If you could add a major genre to drama, what would it be?
Identify and describe the genre, then design a mask.
3. Which do you prefer, comedy or tragedy, and why?
Provide a definition and example for each of the following Elements of
1. Conflict –
2. Suspense –
3. Characterization –
4. Soliloquy –
5. Aside –
Provide a definition and example for each of the following Literary
1. Flashback –
2. Foreshadowing –
3. Oxymoron –
4. Satire –
5. Parody –