Literary Term Melodrama

Literary Term Melodrama

Melodrama is a play in which many exciting events happen, characters show strong emotions, and audiences feel tension. Melodramas often employ music and dramatic plot twists to evoke strong emotional reactions from the audience. Themes commonly explored in melodrama include love, betrayal, revenge, and moral dilemmas. 

Characteristics of Melodrama: Melodrama is a dramatic style characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and a simplified moral universe. Here are some key characteristics:

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  1. Intense Emotions: Melodramas have characters who express their feelings in big ways—lots of crying, shouting, and extreme emotions.
  2. Clear Good vs. Evil: There’s usually a clear hero and villain, and their conflict is obvious. The hero is all good, and the villain is all bad.
  3. Sensational Situations: Melodramas often have over-the-top situations that grab attention. Think of sudden accidents, secret identities, or shocking revelations.
  4. Music and Sound Effects: Melodramas use music and sound effects to enhance emotions and create a more intense atmosphere.
  5. Simple Characters: Characters in melodramas might not have a lot of depth or complexity. They represent certain qualities (like pure goodness or absolute evil) rather than being super realistic.

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  1. Appeal to Emotions: These stories aim straight for your heart. They want you to feel strong emotions like pity, fear, love, or anger.
  2. Clear Morals or Messages: Melodramas often have a moral lesson or a message they’re trying to convey. It can be obvious and straightforward.
Riya Akter
Riya Akter
Hey, This is Riya Akter Setu, B.A (Hons) & M.A in English from National University.


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