Development of characters, plot & theme

Development of characters, plot & theme

In your essay, you need to show an awareness of how the scene develops.

The characters, mood, attitudes and themes should not all be the same at the end of the extract as they were at the beginning.

Each scene in a successful play should move the plot and ideas forward.

    [*]What developments occur and why?

      Below are a number of ideas to consider when writing about a scene's development.

      • Do the characters learn something about their own or each other's situation, past, or emotions?
      • Does a character's actions potentially alter their future?
      • Do their actions affect the emotions and lives of the other characters?

      • Is there a climax in the scene?
      • Does the tension build during the scene or is the tension dissipated?
      • Does an event happen which alters the direction of the plot?

      • Does a theme appear during the course of the extract?
      • Does a specific theme or idea develop?
      • Is the audience offered different perspectives on a development?

      • Does the audience's attitude towards a particular character change during the scene?
      • Do the audience have a clearer understanding of a character's intentions at the end of the scene?
      • Is the audience aware of something which the characters are not?

      • Does the mood of the scene change?
      • Does the tone of the characters change? Why? Find specific examples (this shows close analysis).
      • Do the characters change the way they speak because of the situation, their emotions or the people they are talking to?

      • How does the extract end?
      • How has the setting and situation changed during the extract?
      • What do the characters and audience expect to happen next?
      • Has anything been resolved, or is a new piece of information suddenly apparent?
      • In what ways does the dramatist make use of suspense?

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