Protagonist, Antagonist, Drama, Biography, and Dialogue

An important genre is that of drama: a play written to be spoken aloud. The drama is in many ways inseparable from performance. Reading drama ideally involves using imagination to visualize and re-create the play with characters and settings. The reader stages the play in his imagination, watching characters interact and developments unfold. Sometimes this involves simulating a theatrical presentation; other times it involves imagining the events. In either case, the reader is imagining the unwritten to re-create the dramatic experience. Novels present some of the same problems, but a narrator will provide much more information about the setting, characters, inner dialogues, and many other supporting details. In drama, much of this is missing, and we are required to use our powers of projection and imagination to taste the full flavor of the dramatic work. There are many empty spaces in dramatic texts that must be filled by the reader to fully appreciate the work. A protagonist is the main character of a story. An antagonist is their opposition. Biographies are non-fictional stories about a person’s life. Dialogue refers to the words a character speaks. Whenever you see dialogue in a text, it is most often encompassed by quotation marks, like so: “dialogue”.


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