Shakespearean Drama

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Shakespearean Drama by Mind Map: Shakespearean Drama

1. Background

1.1. Religion

1.2. Moral lessons

1.3. Bible Stories

1.4. Bring back dramas from Ancient Greek and Rome.

1.5. Shakespeare introduced histories:

1.5.1. Stories of England's early Monarchs.

2. Characteristics

2.1. Humas intended to suffer, fail or die.

2.1.1. Due to their flaws or destiny. Romeo & Juliet.

2.2. Theme: focused on ambition, dead and love.

3. Characters

3.1. Tragic Hero

3.1.1. Will die because of a tragic flaw, usually from high society. Tragic flaw: fatal error in character's judgement. Macbeth.

3.2. Antagonist

3.2.1. Opposing force who presents the conflict and contributes to hero's downfall. It can be characters, nature or society. Edmund.

3.3. Foil

3.3.1. A character whose personality contrasts with other characters. Created to give a comic relief. Laertes, Claudiuis & Fortinbras.

4. Plot

4.1. Conflict will contribute to the hero's downfall.

4.2. Catastrophe or tragic resolution.

4.2.1. Downfall which involves hero's death. Julia.

5. Dramatic Conventions

5.1. Divided into acts.

5.1.1. (Shakespeare's plays we always 5 acts).

5.1.2. Then divided into scenes, which had a fixed setting.

5.2. Written in dialogue.

5.2.1. Written conversations.

5.2.2. With specified stage directions, to indicate setting and how characters should speak.

5.3. Written in blank verse.

5.3.1. Iambic pentameter, without need of rhyming.

5.4. Monologues.

5.4.1. Long speech performed to others on stage on  a moment of deep emotion by one character.

5.5. Soliloquies.

5.5.1. Long speech, which reveals character's thoughts unheard by other characters. Purpose: reveal character's thoughts.

5.6. Aside.

5.6.1. Short speeches made to the audience or to himself, unheard by other characters on stage. Purpose: reveal character's thoughts.

6. Literary Devices

6.1. Allusions.

6.1.1. Brief and indirect reference to a mythological and/or ninlical significance.

6.2. Figurative language.

6.2.1. Metaphors. He is a night owl.

6.2.2. Simile You are as pretty as sunshine.

6.2.3. Personification That tree is dancing.

6.2.4. Symbol

6.3. Dramatic irony

6.3.1. Audience is aware of what is happening or may happen, but characters don't.

6.4. Foreshadowing

6.4.1. Prediction of what may happen in the future.