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Ch 9: Analyzing Dramatic Literature

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Learn the literary elements of drama. View the brief video lessons throughout this chapter and gain an understanding of dramatic structure and the steps in analyzing dramatic literature.

Analyzing Dramatic Literature - Chapter Summary

Most people have attended a play or are familiar with the works of Shakespeare, but how many of those people could analyze a drama? Learn what defines drama and how to identify the elements of literary dramatic analysis. Evaluate drama-specific elements such as staging and scenes. This chapter will prepare you to:

  • Define drama and its literary elements
  • Explore plot
  • Evaluate scenes for main idea and purpose
  • Analyze drama
  • Outline the history of dramatic comedy

Engaging videos, written transcripts and fantastic instructors make our lessons one of the best ways to master dramatic literary analysis. Our material is specifically designed to help you learn faster and remember longer. Take the optional quizzes and chapter exam to prove it!

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: Analyzing Dramatic Literature
What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

1. What is Drama? - Terms, Time Periods and Styles

Ever wonder why we use the word 'drama' when referencing people who overreact to a situation? Discover the definition of drama, its different styles, and why your friends might belong on the stage in this overview of the dramatic genre.

Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

2. Elements of Drama: Characters, Plot, Setting & Symbolism

Have you ever wondered how actors in a play can convey a story without the audience reading the script? Watch and learn how playwrights use dramatic elements to tell a story on the stage.

Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

3. Plot Elements in Drama: From Exposition to Resolution

Plays follow a predictable pattern that is referred to as their dramatic structure. In this lesson, you'll learn the five parts of dramatic structure, and you'll have the opportunity to test yourself at the end with a short quiz.

Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

4. Interpreting the Main Idea and Purpose of a Scene

Essays usually have a stated main idea, but it's not as obvious in a play. In this lesson, you'll learn a technique that will help you determine the main idea and purpose of a dramatic scene.

Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

5. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging

If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.

Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

6. Dramatic Comedy: History and Types

Everyone loves to laugh, and sometimes it's at the most inappropriate times. Even the ancient Greeks loved a dirty joke or two! Learn more in this video about dramatic comedy, its history and types.

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