WEEK 4 DISCUSSION 4.1: Literature Toolbox Discussion Topic

Terms that apply to poetry as well as plays are

  • diction, tone, figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, apostrophe), symbolism, irony, theme

Terms that apply to short stories as well as plays are

  • setting, characters (dynamic, static, round, flat), plot (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement), tone, atmosphere, symbolism, theme

Terms that apply specifically to drama include

  • stage directions (characters’ gestures and costumes, music, lighting, sound effects, props), structure (acts, scenes, lines), point of view (aside, soliloquy), tragedy (hamartia, hubris, catharsis, chorus, prologos), comedy (high, romantic, farce, satiric)



After looking through all of the materials in the Week 5 Learning Resources  list and define two specific tools, vocabulary, concepts, or techniques that you can use to analyze and talk about film and drama. Make sure to cite any of the learning resources you use in your answer in MLA format.

Sample post

  1. Dolly Shot – a moving shot taken with camera on a dolly
  2. Local Music – music that is in the scene that the characters hear

Glossary, New York Film School Student Resources, https://www.nyfa.edu/student-resources/glossary/

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Initial discussion posts are due by Wednesday at 11:30PM ET.

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