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Structure of a Shakespearean Drama
A LL plays have FIV E acts and a varying number of scenes. A parallel exists between the
number of acts and the universal law of living things:
In a drama In life
A ct 1 (Introduction) Birth
St. Edmund Campion
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Shakespeare - Study Guide
Mrs. Dobson-Efpatridis

Structure in a Shakespearean Play
A Shakespearean tragedy can be broken down into six distinct structural elements:
Exposition Climax
Exciting Force Falling Action
Rising Action Conclusion

Use the chart below to keep a summary of the main action of the play .

Structural Element…


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