Theater

2 pages Analysis and opinion of a play called zoot suit, the script to the play can be found online. with the analysis one lens has to be used…. pick any of the lens

of dramatic action and use it in the essay

As further information from our discussion on Thursday, here is the definition of Dramatic Action as well be using it for purposes of this class:

Dramatic structure is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film.
A play is often divided into five parts which some refer to as a dramatic arc: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and dénouement.

Exposition
The exposition is the portion of a story that introduces important background information to the audience; for example, information about the setting, events occurring

before the main plot, characters’ back stories, etc. Exposition can be conveyed through dialogues, flashbacks, characters’ thoughts, background details, in-universe

media, or the narrator telling a back-story.

Rising action
In the rising action, a series of events build toward the point of greatest interest. The rising action of a story is the series of events that begin immediately after

the exposition (introduction) of the story and builds up to the climax. These events are generally the most important parts of the story since the entire plot depends

on them to set up the climax and ultimately the satisfactory resolution of the story itself.

Climax
The climax is the turning point, which changes the protagonist’s fate. if the story is a comedy and things were going bad for the protagonist, the plot will begin to

unfold in his or her favor, often requiring the protagonist to draw on hidden inner strengths. If the story is a tragedy, the opposite state of affairs will ensue,

with things going from good to bad for the protagonist, often revealing the protagonist’s hidden weaknesses.

Falling action
During the falling action, the conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist unravels, with the protagonist winning or losing against the antagonist. The falling

action may contain a moment of final suspense, in which the final outcome of the conflict is in doubt.

Dénouement; resolution, revelation, or catastrophe
The dénouement comprises events from the end of the falling action to the actual ending scene of the drama or narrative. Conflicts are resolved, creating normality for

the characters and a sense of catharsis, or release of tension and anxiety, for the reader. It is the unraveling or untying of the complexities of a plot.
The comedy ends with a dénouement (a conclusion), in which the protagonist is better off than at the story’s outset. The tragedy ends with a catastrophe, in which the

protagonist is worse off than at the beginning of the narrative. Exemplary of a comic dénouement is the final scene of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It, in which

couples marry, an evildoer repents, two disguised characters are revealed for all to see, and a ruler is restored to power. In Shakespeare’s tragedies, the dénouement

is usually the death of one or more characters.

If you chose to write your first paper using the lens of Dramatic Action (which here is more like Dramatic Structure), make sure to describe how each part of the play

you’re writing about fulfills the various parts, rather than a single long synopsis.

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