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  1. Protasis
    Introductory part of an ancient Greek or Roman drama usually in which the characters and subject are introduced.
  2. Epitasis
    The middle part of a play that develops the  action leading to the catastrophe.
  3. Catastrophe
    The concluding action of a drama following the climax and containing a resolution of the plot.
  4. 1. Plot
    • Arrangement of events, not the story, but how these events are presented to an audience
    • Cause and effect storytelling with a tying up of events at the end of the play
    • An importance of the story and its ability to relate theme to the viewer
    • Complex plots that have both a “change of fortune” (catastrophe) and a “reversal of intention” (peripeteia) are superior in their construction
  5. 2. Character
    • Motivations should be innately linked to the cause and effect of the Plot
    • Errors of character should come as a flaw or mistake in the character (hamartia) but not some vice or behavior of the character
    • Well-written characters should have a moral purpose, have appropriate behavior (warriors with valor), be believable to an audience, and have consistent actions.
  6. 3. Thought
    • where something is proved or not proved.
    • The assumption is that this section referenced “theme.”
  7. 4. Diction
    How the playwright expresses the thoughts of the characters, the use of language and metaphor.
  8. 5. Music
    This applies to the chorus and how they are integral to the play, not just a group that sings during interludes.
  9. 6. Spectacles
    Least important, since it is least connected to literature and removed from the playwright’s control.
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2015-10-10 20:48:12
narrative theory
3 act play classification and tragedy importance order
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