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The language of drama


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This powerpoint will give English 9 students background notes on drama terms

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The language of drama

  1. 1. BY: Angela Hattabaugh<br />The Language of Drama<br />
  2. 2. What is a Pun?<br /> A pun is a play on words. It could be when words are used to have a double meaning. Usually puns are funny, but sometimes they are not. <br />“Not I, believe me. You have dancing shoes<br />With nimble soles; I have a soul of lead<br />So stakes me to the ground I cannot move.”<br />-Romeo<br />For more puns go to Funny Puns- These will make you laugh!<br />
  3. 3. Monologue<br /> A monologue is a speech given by one character to the other characters who are on stage.<br />Read this monologue from Monologue Archive. Romeo is saying it to Juliet and she doesn’t even know he’s there. How romantic!<br />
  4. 4. Soliloquy<br />A Soliloquy is similar to a monologue but it is spoken when only one character is on stage. <br />Soliloquies are usually about the inner most feelings of the speaker.<br />Click on Juliet’s Balcony Scene Soliloquy from YouTube to see a soliloquy in action.<br />Spoken when the character is alone- usually<br />Gives the audience the inner most thoughts and feelings of the character<br />
  5. 5. What’s an Aside?<br />An aside is when a character stops the dialogue with other characters and looks directly at the audience.<br />The character tells the audience thoughts or information that the other characters on stage don’t know.<br />Hearing an aside from a character is like hearing a secret that no other characters know.<br />Asides are different from monologues and soliloquies because they are very brief.<br />
  6. 6. Why are there 5 Acts in Shakespeare’s Tragedies?<br />Each Act in a Shakespearean Tradegy had a specific purpose. The diagram to the left tells you what each act does. <br />Click on Five Act Play for a description of what each act does in a play.<br />
  7. 7. What is Blank Verse?<br />Blank verse is a poetic form in which Shakespeare wrote much of his plays.<br />It is unrhyming iambic pentameter.<br />For more information about iambic pentameter click on<br />The picture below isn’t in blank verse because it rhymes, but it’s in iambic pentameter. Take a look!<br />
  8. 8. Stage Directions<br />Stage directions are inserted after certain lines in a play.<br />They tell the physical actions of the actors…like if they are crying, laughing, or even fighting.<br />The stage directions are the lines below that are in parentheses.<br /> Jul.  Yea, noise? then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger!  [Snatching ROMEO’S dagger.   This is thy sheath; [Stabs herself.] there rest, and let me die.  [Falls on ROMEO’S body and dies.<br />
  9. 9. Fun Facts about Shakespeare<br />He wrote over 37 plays.<br />He never went to college.<br />He opened the Globe Theater.<br />Queen Elizabeth was queen when Shakespeare wrote his plays.<br />He married Anne Hathaway who was 8 years older than he was.<br />For more facts about Shakespeare’s life, theater, and plays go to Absolute Shakespeare.<br />Let’s meet back in the classroom to see what you learned.<br />We Love Shakespeare!<br />
  10. 10. Bibliography<br />Works Cited <br />Appignanesi, Richard, Sonia Leong, and William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet. New York: Amulet, 2007. Print. <br />"Aside - Theatrical | Fiction Matters." Fiction Matters - News, Tips, and Tools for Writers. Web. 30 Apr. 2010. <>. <br />"Five Act Play." Computing Services for Faculty & Staff. Web. 30 Apr. 2010. <>. <br />"Funniest Puns and Jokes (Pun of the Day)." Pun of the Day - Funny Puns, Jokes, One Liners, Word Play and Humor. Web. 30 Apr. 2010. <>. <br />Jamieson, Lee. "Iambic Pentameter - How to Study Iambic Pentameter." Shakespeare ? Free Shakespeare Resources for Students and Teachers. Web. 30 Apr. 2010. <>. <br />"Romeo and Juliet: Romeo's Monologue." Monologue Archive. Web. 30 Apr. 2010. <>. <br />"YouTube - Juliet's Soliloquy '68." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Web. 30 Apr. 2010. <>. <br />