Climactic play structure

Found in classical and modern plays, climactic structure confines the character’s activities and intensifies the pressures on the characters until they are forced into irreversible acts – the climax. As the action develops, the characters’ range of choices is reduced. In many cases, they are aware that their choices are being limited and that they are being moved toward a crisis and turning point. Climatic structure is a cause-to-effect arrangement of incidents ending in a climax and quick resolution.

Electra
Electra
Sophocles’ play ELECTRIA. In climatic structure, the play has restricted elements: The action occurs within a short time; limited locations and very few characters. Climatic structure was first developed in western theater by the Greek dramatists of the fifth century B.C.


Doll's House
Doll's House
Henrick Ibsen’s A DOLL’S HOUSE on Broadway in 1997. This play was written two years before GHOSTS in 1879, places climactic playwriting at the service of a social problem dealing with women’s rights both legal and personal.