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Comment & Appreciation

  1. 1. Comment & Appreciation Paper 7: Drama ( Characterisation and Issues & Themes )
  2. 2. Start out <ul><li>Your impression of the characters and their concerns. </li></ul><ul><li>Look for information conveyed to the audience and the techniques that the playwright uses to put across. </li></ul><ul><li>The kind of atmosphere created and how the playwright creates it. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Commenting Points <ul><li>For a play to be successful; a playwright needs to have a convincing sense of character. </li></ul><ul><li>Look out and comment on: </li></ul><ul><li>How characters speak. </li></ul><ul><li>How characters are described by other characters. </li></ul><ul><li>What the characters say and do. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What’s in a name? <ul><li>Do comment on the character’s name. </li></ul><ul><li>Names with harsh or a gentle sound. </li></ul><ul><li>Biblical names. </li></ul><ul><li>Nicknames. </li></ul><ul><li>Long or short names. </li></ul><ul><li>Strange names. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Stereotypes <ul><li>Playwrights sometimes deliberately create stereotypical characters in order to achieve a particular effect. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Jobs / Position <ul><li>Lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Soldier </li></ul><ul><li>King </li></ul><ul><li>Queen </li></ul><ul><li>Fool / Jester </li></ul><ul><li>Slave </li></ul><ul><li>Politician </li></ul>
  7. 7. Gender <ul><li>Man </li></ul><ul><li>Woman </li></ul><ul><li>Gay & Lesbian </li></ul>
  8. 8. Age <ul><li>Kids </li></ul><ul><li>Teens </li></ul><ul><li>Young Adults </li></ul><ul><li>Dad & Mom </li></ul><ul><li>Old people </li></ul>
  9. 9. Race
  10. 10. Social Class <ul><li>High Class </li></ul><ul><li>Middle Class </li></ul><ul><li>Lower Class </li></ul>
  11. 11. Themes and issues
  12. 12. Issues and Themes <ul><li>Detect ideas, issues, thoughts expressed by the actual characters in a play. </li></ul><ul><li>Detect themes, issues, or ideas that the playwright wants the play as a whole to present. </li></ul>

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