Dramatic Purpose or Significance
Definition: A term which is applied to the use that a scene or a speech (or part of a speech) may have in fulfilling a specific objective.
A specific scene or speech in the play may be said to have a dramatic purpose of significance if it achieves one or more of the following:
§ Establish setting
§ Characterization of a main character
§ Character relationships
§ Providing explanation of a situation
§ Providing background information
§ Advancing the plot
§ Complicating the plot
§ Revelation or development of theme
§ Use of motifs to strengthen a theme
§ Humour or light entertainment
§ Relief from tension
§ Creating tension or suspense
§ Illustrate a conflict
§ Establish atmosphere and/or mood
§ Illustrate/employ literary device (irony/foreshadowing, allusion, ect…)
§ Nemesis (retribution)
§ Create pathos
Select 3 (different) Dramatic Significance Purposes from the list above. Find 3 quotes from Book 3 that you can justify represent each of your selected purposes. In a paragraph:
Write the dramatic purpose quote down.
Write the quote you have selected that illustrates the dramatic purpose.
Provide brief context to the quote.
Explain in detail how the quote you have selected represents that dramatic purpose you have selected.
Write 3 open ended questions you would ask someone about Book 3.
The questions must move beyond plot to explore deeper issues in literature (theme, characterization, motive, significance to the reader, conflicts) and must make reference to a specific event in Book 3.
In a paragraph, answer your question.
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