1. Drama is written primarily to be performed whereas fiction and poetry are written to be read. 2. In a soliloquy a character is alone onstage speaking to himself or herself. In an aside a character turns from other characters on stage and directly adresses his or her private thoughts to the audience. 3. Realistic drama is faithful to the outer appearances of ordinary life including the use of the flat quality of ordinary speech and often the use of realistic stage sets and props. Nonrealistic drama is often characterized by poetic language bare or merely suggestive scenery and props and sometimes the deliberate violation of the illusion of reality. 4. Tragedy and comedy differ mainly in terms of their presentation of human nature. Tragedy emphasizes human greatness while comedy emphasizes human weakness. 5. In a classical tragedy a noble person suffers a change of fortune in which he or she usually falls from happiness to misery. He or she also achieves self-knowledge which may be painful.