DAVID RUSH
Writer
A STUDENT GUIDE TO PLAY ANALYSIS

Table of Contents

 

Introduction:   How to Look at a Play

            1.            The Four Causes:  Material, Efficient, Formal, Final

            2.            A Little on the Poetics

 

Part One:  Structural Components

            1.            What is a Play? 

                        a.            Play vs Story. 

                        b.            Dramatic Action = Change:  Four Levels

                        c.            Six Elements

            2.            Plot:  The Beginning

            3.            Plot:  The Middle, the End and Other Matters

            4.            Characters:  Literal, Functional, Connotative

            5.            Language:  Syntax; Meaning; Euphonics

 

Part Two:            Genres

            1.            Classical Tragedy

            2.            Classical Comedy

            3.            Melodrama

            4.            Farce

            5.            Alternate Genres

                        a.            Tragicomedy

                        b.            The Works of Chekov

 

Part Three:            Styles

            1.            Realism

            2.            Symbolism

            3.            Expressionism

            4.            Theater of the Absurd

            5.            Epic Theatre: Brecht

            6.            Postmodernism

                       

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