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"Drama differs from poetry and fiction in that it does not typically contain a narrator and usually intended for performance" (Hamilton 1). 

When I hear the word drama the first thing that pops in my mind is high school. This is not because I learned about drama in my high school classroom, which I did, but instead because high school was filled with characters and their dilemas. I believe drama is more relatable especially when performed on stage because the audience can relate to their own life better in having to deal with constant people interaction, especially with the occasionall high school drama queen, and there is no one to stop the action and tell you what is happening. Now this might be a far stretch but it is kind've like having the writer show us rather than tell us, in the sense of telling through the narrator. 


Greta Carroll said:

You make a good point. Maybe one of the reasons drama is more relatable to us is that it is more like real life. We can’t control the speed or ask for scenes to be redone again if we don’t get it, just like in real life. But unlike real life, drama is written, so it is always good to read the script since there is more hidden meaning to it than in the unplanned events of life.

Jessie Farine said:

Yeah, I remember those high school tragedies and comedies that everyone else was engaged in. I'd hear all sorts of crazy stories about someone saying something about this person to another person and a feud starts, or whatever. Real life and drama can be viewed in the same way, and you can ask the same questions about both: why are the characters the way they are? what are their motives? who's good? who's bad? and many more along those lines.

Juliana, that's not a stretch at all. The root word in "narrative" is Latin for "tell," and actors are part of "show business."

The kind of exaggerated emotional responses to social stimuli that one is likely to find in high school is really closer to melodrama -- a particular kind of theater that emphasized sharp divisions between good and bad characters, visual spectacle, and basically shallow but instantly-recognizable character types who are caught up in non-stop plot complications. (Soap operas and Star Wars are good examples of modern melodrama.)

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