What Is the Importance of Stage Directions
English 112


February 8, 2004



The stage directions are of importance, it illustrates the manner in which the actors are to move and perform in the play. They explain in which directions characters should move, what facial expressions they should assume, and so on. Stage directions can also be of some advantage to the reader because of it specific details and descriptive explanations, where oppose to other stories in which the reader must go on their own assumption and the implication of the character. Stage directions are also useful because it gives the reader a better understanding of the storyline and most importantly what the character is feeling.


In my opinion the stage directions is the Author\'s voice exposed, it informs the reader what the author wishes to tell about the character, by doing this helping the reader understand the character on a more personal level. Stage directions bring life to the characters personality exposing the characters inner most thoughts. The stage directions also show the tone in which the dialogue is being spoken.


Furthermore another importance of stage directions is its ability to express the atmosphere in which the setting takes place. In the stage directions the playwright can thoroughly describe the setting of the play. By understanding the surroundings of the characters the reader can better comprehend the play and visualize the setting.


Moreover another importance of stage directions is its ability to tell the manner in which an act was done. In the stage directions the author can descriptively tell the way a character does something, by doing this giving the reader a more accurate understanding of what is taking place in the play. Because of the playwrights descriptive writing the reader can also have a better perception of the mood of the character because of the way he or she reacts.


All in all the stage directions are of importance because it illustrates the manner in which the actors are to move and perform in the play. They explain in which directions characters should move, what facial expressions they should assume, and so on. Finally I believe that the stage directions are of importance because it thoroughly describes the character in their point of view.