Module 4: Dramatic Play Analysis


Learning Objectives

By the end of this Learning Module you should be able to:

  1. Explain Aristotle’s six theatrical elements and how they contribute to or detract from bringing a story alive.
  2. Analyze play structure to identify important theatrical elements.

Module Instructions

  1. Read through the Learning Material in this module and interact with the media as it is presented to you.
  2. Complete the Learning Activities listed within the module content
  3. View your classmates posts in the Canvas Discussions.

Required Readings

Read one of the following plays:

Key Terms and Concepts

  • The Poetics
  • Aristotle's Six Elements: Plot, Idea, Character, Language, Music, Spectacle
  • Plot segments: Beginning, Middle, End
  • Plot or Play Structure: Prologue/Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, Denouement
  • Inciting Incident
  • Linear/Causal plot structures
  • Five-Act play structure