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8_30_2010_presentation - A Summary Introduction to Critical...

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Critical terms for drama A Summary Introduction to
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Action “The events or unfolding of events in a narrative. The action is what happens in the plot of a literary work, including what the characters say or do, to advance the story” ( Bedford Glossary 5).
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Drama “In today’s usage, a serious literary work usually intended for performance before an audience” ( Bedford Glossary 124).
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Comedy “Broadly defined, any amusing and entertaining work; more narrowly defined, an amusing and entertaining drama” ( Bedford Glossary 70). “Originally, any play that ends with the characters in a better condition than they began, though the term is now used more frequently to describe a play intended to be funny” ( 12 Plays 731).
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“A serious and often somber drama…that typically ends in disaster and that focuses on a character who undergoes unexpected personal reversals” ( Bedford Glossary 518). “A play in which the plot moves from
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