There are two distinct kinds of treatment that may be given to time in the dramatic structure:
- The first is employed to achieve vividnes to achieve or intensity by compressing the action, i.e., by confining the action to event of short duration, or by accelerating the time within a speech or episode.
- The second kind of treatment is to extend the plot time to tell a richer, more extensive story i.e. by skipping comparatively long intervals between episodes, or by looking back and showing action at some previous time, or by using a double time which includes both a long period and a short one. Bertram Jessup has indicated the importance of achieving magnitude in a work of art. In the play form which is limited in physical size, achieving a big work of art is, therefore chiefly a matter of increasing the intensity or extensity of the plot through concentrating or extending the time structure.
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