Thursday, 2 July 2015

Play Versus Short Story: What is the Difference?

What are the differences between a play and a short story?


  • dates back to Plato and Aristotle
  • consists of acts and scenes
  • drama comes from the Greek word "dran" which means to do or to act
  • tells the story of one or more events
  • consists of a few characters
  • set on a stage
  • tells story through dialogue
  • use of literary devices
  • theme should be evident as play unfolds
  • setting self-evident
  • top 100 stage plays (


  • dates back to early 19th Century
  • consists of a sequence of events (plot)
  • has a clear beginning, middle and ending
  • few characters
  • read at one sitting
  • tells story through narration and some dialogue
  • strong character development
  • frequent use of literary devices
  • theme woven into the plot
  • setting described through narration
  • top 100 short stories (


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