Plot A play/drama follows a pattern which you must learn to observe. Theessential elements of a dramatic plot are the following: The exposition of the situation out of which the problem arises. This is given in the opening scene of the play. The working up of the situation by a series of events into a conflict or a problem. This series of climactic incidents leads to the crisis or turning point. A second development that may complicate the situation. The end, which may settle the problem satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily.
Characterizatio n The v i t a l i t y ofc ha r a c t e r s i n a pl a y i sc a r e f ul l y br ought out byt he i r e x t e r i or a ppe a r a nc e ,c l o t h e s , ma n n e r o f s p e e c h ,a c t i o n s , b y wh a t o t h e r s s a yo f t h e m, a n d b y t h e i r ma k e -u p . Bu t a s y o u r e a d a p l a y ,y ou c a nnot s e e t he s e ; y ouh a v e t o i ma g i n e t h e m.
DialogueThe dialogue reveals the style of a play. It is intended to be spoken by characters and heard by an audience who must understand what it is all about. It should be spoken and heard with ease.