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Unformatted text preview: TEXT ANALYSIS TERMINOLOGY 1. Plot —The sequence of actions that take place on stage. What happens in the play. 2. Dramatic Action —The tactics a character uses to get what he or she wants. The moment-by-moment, reciprocal pushing and pulling between two characters. It is a transfer of energy, a forcing by character A on character B in order to change B and make him do what A wants; since B wants his own way, he resists this forcing and responds with another, usually opposite, action. 3. Protagonist — The primary agent of action who undergoes the greatest change or discovery about him/herself. His or her will sustains the action of the play; the play’s driving force; strong enough to continue the struggle no matter how great the odds; never settles for half—it is all or nothing 4. Antagonist —The opposition to the protagonist; may be more than one in each play; anyone opposed to the will of the protagonist; cannot let the will of protagonist go unchecked; his or her will is as strong as that of the...
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- Fall '10
- English-language films, Narratology