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Drama topic 5b Consider how playwrights make characters speak in plays which you have studied and say how the language and tone of these dialogues conversations or monologues contribute to each play as a whole Characters in plays have real human characteristics and capacities In fact the success of a play may depend on how real the characters seem However characters in plays just like characters in fiction are like real people but are not real people Even in plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire Waiting for Godot and Master Harold and the Boys which allow for a great deal of psychological complexity the characters have been created by their authors to dramatize specific ideas and themes With regard to format the development of characters can be conducted in several ways For example a few plays have narrators Most however rely to a large extent on the dialogue and action of the characters to give the audience necessary information Just as in fiction characters may be round or flat Round characters are usually the main characters while flat characters usually have minor roles A character may act as a foil that is a character whose main purpose is to shed more light on an important character Mitch for example in A Streetcar Named Desire clearly acts as a foil to Blanche through their interaction and dialogue we learn much about her past and gain greater insight into her motives The most obvious way to understand character is to pay attention to what a character says A monologue is an extended speech by one character while other characters are on stage A soliloquy is a speech directed toward the audience which is not heard by the other characters Usually the character giving the soliloquy is alone on stage In a short story or a novel we would simply see what the character thinks But on stage the only way for us to
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