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what is the difference between the novel and drama?

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted February 21, 2012 at 2:37 AM via web

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what is the difference between the novel and drama?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 21, 2012 at 3:58 AM (Answer #1)

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The main difference between a novel and a drama is derived from the formatting of each piece. A novel is generally written in basic prose while a drama is almost exclusively written in dialogue. Both types of work have similar story elements such as characters, plot, settings, etc. Each work creates these elements through different techniques. A novel is far more straight forward than a drama. In a novel, we often have a lot of extraneous information provided for us. The descriptions of both characters and settings are much more apple and vivid. In a drama, we must imply and infer much of what we learn about characters and settings. There is no room in the drama format for lengthy explainations. We must learn about the characters as they communicate and interact rather than learning about them through an author's description.


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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM (Answer #2)

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Drama is imitation of an action by action. Aristotle notes that the difference between drama and prose is that drama has no narrator while epic has more than one narrator.

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