Notes for Play Analysis
OBSERVATION OF CONTEMPORARY TRAGEDIES.
Backwards and Forwards
Action = Trigger + Heap
According to Ball:
A play = a series of actions
THE WORLD OF THE PLAY
Analyze the text according to the following rubric. For a written assignment, use outline
form, and cite examples to support your analysis.
Cite text to support each piece of information on given circumstance
The Well Made Play
Developed in the 19th century by Eugne Scribe & Victorien Sardou
Tight plot; Plot based on secret withheld
First act summarizes background story and exposition
Heros fortunes rise and fall
Good and evil obvious; good wins ov
1. Information known to everyone onstage
2. Information known to only some or one
Unrelated to action, there for atmosphere or local color.
Works better in movies
With playwright you trust
General set up of a play
Beginning with exposition, intro, status quo (stasis)
Middle with developments, rising action, fight ( for)
End with resolution, falling action, and new status quo ( New stasis)
In-between though three sections is the intrusion th
Drama primarily treats the human beings who generate the action as forms of energy. They
communicate force and response first. Only secondarily do they emerge as entities, independent of the
action they undergo.