9.October.2007

9.October.2007 - Unit II: Characters 1. The character is a...

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Unit II: Characters 1. The character is a construct, is artificial. 2. Specific elements of character are highlighted while others are discounted or neglected entirely. 3. Why? To reinforce plot and theme, to heighten sense o conflict / opposition. Some mechanical considerations to return to when you begin writing: Approaches are as varied as the number of playwrights in this world, but some commonalities? 1. Opening scene: A. Starts the action: i. Generally in the middle of a story already in play. a. Romeo and Juliet b. Trifles c. Laramie Project ii. The assumption is the characters already have a life (credibility). iii. Builds interest / intrigue. B. Sets the tone: i. Dark? Serious? Sad? Funny? Lighthearted? ii. Hints of what lies ahead. iii. Pace. iv. Exposition and posing of initial problem, either already in play, or appearing early on. v. “Gives the characters a shove forward”: a. A creation of imbalance. b.
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course THEA 110 taught by Professor Young during the Fall '07 term at Lock Haven.

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9.October.2007 - Unit II: Characters 1. The character is a...

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