Shakespearean Drama

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Shakespearean Drama by Mind Map: Shakespearean Drama

1. Background

1.1. DRAMA focused on religious temes, teaching moral lessons , retelling bible storys.

1.2. Renaissance: BRINGING BACK dramas of ancient Greece and Rome

1.3. This plays were either COMEDIES or TRAGEDIES.

2. Characters

2.1. -Tragic hero: this character is the PROTAGONIST is a tragic hero who will fail or die because of a tragic flaw.  usually of a high rank or status in society.

2.1.1. Tragic flaw: Fatal error in his judgement or a WEAKNESS in characte

2.2. Antagonist: An OPPOSING FORCE which brings  the conflict and contributes to the héroes downfall. Is not always another character, it can be nature or society.

2.3. Foil: A character whose personality contrasts with another character.

2.3.1. It is created to give a sense of cómic relief to the tragedy.

3. Plot

3.1. The conflicts brought by the antagonist will contribute to the downfall of the hero.

3.1.1. This downfall is known as the catastrophe or tragic resolution, which inevitable involves death of the hero..

4. Dramatic Conventions

4.1. Any drama is divided into:

4.1.1. Acts

4.1.1.1. Shakespeare`s plays were always 5

4.1.2. Scenes

4.1.2.1. Had a fide setting

4.2. Written in:

4.2.1. Dialogues

4.2.2. Specified stage directions

4.2.2.1. To indicate setting and how characters should behave or speak.

4.2.3. Blank verse

4.2.3.1. Which is the IAMBIC PENTAMETER but without the need for a rhyming.

4.2.4. Examples:

4.2.4.1. Monologues

4.2.4.1.1. Long speech by one character in which he arresto others in stage in a moment of deep emotion.

4.2.4.2. Soliloquy

4.2.4.2.1. Long speech that reveals a character`s true thoughts or  feelings, unheard by other characters (usually alone in the stage).

4.2.4.3. Aside

4.2.4.3.1. Short speeches made to the audience or to himself or even to another character, but out of earshot of the other characters on stage.

5. Literary devices

5.1. Allusions

5.1.1. A brief and indirect reference to a mythological and bíblical significance.

6. Figurative Language

6.1. Methaphors

6.1.1. my love is a red, red rose.

6.2. Simile

6.2.1. This pizza is as cold as ice.

6.3. Personification

6.3.1. The flame of the candle danced in the dark

6.4. Symbol

7. Dramatic irony

7.1. The audience is aware of things that will or may happen to other character`s, but the characters do not know.

8. Characteristics of tragedy

8.1. Intends to show an idea that humans are doomed to SUFFER, failed or DIE because they have flaws, or because DESTINY and FATE.

8.2. The Theme usual focuses on Fate, ambition, loss, love, defeat, death, loyalty, impulse, desaire, love. Some can show more than one theme, for example MACBETH.