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21 Oct

Soliloquy and Aside

Soliloquy and Aside In modern plays, dialogue is the only means by which dramatists seek to portray their characters. It is an effective substitute for direct analysis. No character soliloquies or indulges in ‘asides’ in a modern play. His or her words are always addresses to other characters on the stage and never to the empty air. But soliloquies and Asides were popul

21 Oct

Dramatic Irony

Dramatic Irony Irony in its large and philosophical sense is a world vision. It is a juxtaposition of two mutually incompatible views of life. “Whoever has essential irony has it all day long, not bound to any specific form, because it is the infinite within.” (Kierkegaard) The basic feature of every irony is a contrast between reality and appearance. Irony is a discoverer

21 Oct

Parallelism and Contrast in Drama

Parallelism and Contrast in Drama Parallelism is a familiar element in drama. It appears in the form of reduplication of characters and motives. The central idea of one part of the action reappears in another part of the drama. Each is made to illustrate and reinforce the other. Shakespeare was much addicted to this practice of repetition. An extreme example of parallelism is found in

21 Oct

Soliloquy as Means to Reveal Character

Soliloquy as Means to Reveal Character Soliloquy is the most effective means of character revelation. The soliloquies of Hamlet or Macbeth are one of the glories of English literature. Whatever charges that may be levelled against them, the world will be much poorer without those soliloquies. They are the dramatist’s nearest approach to the modern ‘stream of consciousness&

21 Oct

Character Types

Character Types The general impression we form of a character can be reinforced by the comments made by other characters. The cross-lights thrown by such comments have a cumulative effect: thus in Julius Caesar, Brutus’s unquestioned honesty is continually suggested by his associates, his friends and his foes. Even the cynical Casca refers to his honesty, Cassius stresses his no

21 Oct

Role of Dialogue

Role of Dialogue Two kinds of dialogue should be examined. First, utterances of a given person to another; second remarks made by others about a character. Utterances of any person serves as a running commentary on his character. Thus what may appear to be ‘mere talk’ in a play by Ibsen or Shaw has a psychological value. Our voice betrays us both consciously and unconsciou