Types of Drama


A Comedy is a play that is amusing and ends happily. It often ends with a marriage(s).

A History play is a play in which past events are related to a particular thing.

Tragedy – a dramatic presentation of serious actions in which the chief character has a disastrous fate. The chief character is often presented with a tragic flaw. This often leads him/her to his/her death.

Tragic-comedy – a drama in which aspects of both tragedy and comedy are found.

Theatre of the Absurd – A form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development. This theatrical style originated in France in the late 1940’s.

Satire – A kind of writing that holds up to ridicule or contempt the weaknesses and wrongdoing of individuals, groups, institution, or humanity in general.

Farce – A type of comedy based on a farfetched humorous situation, often with ridiculous or stereotyped characters

Modern Drama – Modern drama is the Western development of drama beginning in the late 19th century

Melodrama – a dramatic work which exaggerates plot and characters in order to appeal to the emotions.

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