The Best Resources to Read and Understand Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet is a tragic play written early in the career of William Shakespeare about two teenage "star-cross'd lovers" whose untimely deaths ultimately unite their feuding households. It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are … Continue reading The Best Resources to Read and Understand Romeo and Juliet

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Introduction to Drama: Oral Exam


Questions for the Drama Oral Exam Introduction to Drama (9) What’s the meaning of the word drama? What’s drama? What are the two main types of drama? What’s playwright? What’s a script? What is a differences between reading and watching a play? What are three components of a setting? What is the structure of the … Continue reading Introduction to Drama: Oral Exam

Introduction to Drama: A Beginner’s Guide to Tragicomedy


Definition Tragicomedy is a literary genre that blends aspects of both tragic and comic forms. Most often seen in dramatic literature, the term can variously describe either a tragic play which contains enough comic elements to lighten the overall mood or a serious play with a happy ending. The main purpose of tragicomedy is to describe dual nature of reality where both modes can … Continue reading Introduction to Drama: A Beginner’s Guide to Tragicomedy

The Most Reliable Sources to Analyze the Monkey’s Paw Effectively


"The Monkey's Paw" is a supernatural short story by author W. W. Jacobs first published in England in 1902. In the story, three wishes are granted to the owner of the monkey's hand, but the wishes come with an enormous price for interfering with fate.   Movie Adaptations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot7oRLGress   Resources for Analysis The Monkey's Paw (AmericanLiterature.com) The Monkey's Paw Summary and Analysis (Shmoop.com) … Continue reading The Most Reliable Sources to Analyze the Monkey’s Paw Effectively

Introduction to Drama: A Beginner’s Guide to Comedy


Definition A comedy is entertainment consisting of jokes intended to make an audience laugh. For ancient Greeks and Romans a comedy was a stage-play with a happy ending. Shakespeare's Comedy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxUa4P5bAjg Comedy is not necessarily what a modern audience would expect comedy to be. Whilst there may be some funny moments, a Shakespearean comedy may involve some very … Continue reading Introduction to Drama: A Beginner’s Guide to Comedy

Introduction to Drama: A Beginner’s Guide to Tragedy


Definition and History Tragedy is a form of drama based on human suffering that invokes an accompanying catharsis or pleasure in audiences. Tragedy begins in ancient Greece, of course, and the first great tragedies were staged as part of a huge festival known as the City Dionysia.  Because audiences were so vast, actors wore masks … Continue reading Introduction to Drama: A Beginner’s Guide to Tragedy

Good Reads: The Gift of the Magi


"The Gift of the Magi" is a short story, written by O. Henry (a pen name for William Sydney Porter), about a young married couple and how they deal with the challenge of buying secret Christmas gifts for each other with very little money. As a sentimental story with a moral lesson about gift-giving, it has been a popular one … Continue reading Good Reads: The Gift of the Magi

A Beginner’s Guide to Drama


Drama is a form of literature acted out by performers. Performers work with the playwright, director, set and lighting designers to stage a show. Live actors act as someone else called a character. A play consists of: dialogue - where characters talk with each other action - what characters do in the play gesture - … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Drama

Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide to Post-Modernism


Definition Postmodern literature is a form of literature which is marked, both stylistically and ideologically, by a reliance on such literary conventions as fragmentation, paradox, unreliable narrators, often unrealistic and downright impossible plots, games, parody, paranoia, dark humor and authorial self-reference. Postmodern authors tend to reject outright meanings in their novels, stories and poems, and, instead, highlight and … Continue reading Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide to Post-Modernism

Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide to Modernism


Definition Literary modernism, or modernist literature, has its origins in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, mainly in Europe and North America, and is characterized by a self-conscious break with traditional ways of writing, in both poetry and prose fiction The horrors of World War I (1914-19), with its accompanying atrocities and senselessness became the … Continue reading Literary Movements: The Beginner’s Guide to Modernism