The act of expounding or of laying open the sense or meaning of an author, or a passage; explanation; interpretation; the sense put upon a passage; a law, or the like, by an interpreter; hence, a work containing explanations or interpretations; a commentary.
that part of the structure that sets the scene, introduces and identifies characters, and establishes the situation at the beginning of a story or play. Additional exposition is often scattered throughout the work.
The part of a play that fills in things that have already happened so you can make sense of who's who and why they're doing whatever. Sometimes playwrights use actual narrators to do this. Other times it's cleverly woven into the opening dialogue without you really noticing.
the part of a literary or dramatic work in which the basic facts of setting and character are made known
Information given through dialogue explaining events leading up to the action.
information about the circumstances of a story or the background of characters which readers need to know to understand what is happening. Unfortunately exposition is difficult to digest and is often offered in an "expository lump" which puts readers off. Skillful writers keep exposition to a minimum and feed the necessary exposition to the reader a bit at a time.
Exposition is writing or speech that explains a process or presents information. In the plot of a story or drama, the exposition is the part of the work that introduces the characters, the setting, and the basic situation.
The information put before an audience that gives the where, when, who of a play.
In play construction, the conveyance, through dialogue, of story events that have occurred before the play begins.
is the narrator telling the reader information instead of letting it happen in the story.
The part of the play which tells the audience what it has to know about the past or antecedent action ( SG 166).
a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic
an account that sets forth the meaning or intent of a writing or discourse; "we would have understood the play better if there had been some initial exposition of the background"
the introduction of essential characters, setting, circumstances of a story or play
is a setting forth of meaning or purpose; in literature, it is that portion of the selection that establishes time, place, action, characters, and conflict.
The background material necessary to understanding the action of a play; usually communicated to the audience during the first scenes of a play.
1. A precise statement intended to give information about or an explanation of difficult material. 2. A setting forth of meaning or intent.
dialogue which gives the audience the background information it needs to follow the action of the play; most will occur early on in the play.
explanation of what's going on through narration.
the popular bit of a symphony where all the familiar tunes are played
the revelation of previous action to a story (or earlier action in a script) that must be imbued with present dramatic action and an intimation of a future development.
important background information for the events of a story.
is one of the four main rhetorical categories of writing (the others are persuasion, narration, and description). The principal purpose of expository prose is to "expose" ideas to your readers, and to explain, define, and interpret information through one or more of the following modes of exposition: example, process analysis, division/ classification, comparison/ contrast, definition, and cause/effect. Figurative language
A document that sets forth meaning or intent
First part of a play (or action), which establishes the character(s), conflict, situation, style, genre, etc.
the part of the plot that provides background information and introduces the setting, conflict, and often, several characters.
The first act of a dramatic structure, in which the main conflict and characters are "exposed" or revealed. Also, any information about the characters, conflict or world of the play.
Discourse that explains or informs.
One of the four traditional forms of composition in speech and writing, it is intended to set forth or explain. Note: Good exposition is clear in conception, well organized, and understandable. It may include limited amounts of argumentation, description, and narration to achieve that purpose.
Background information necessary to the advancement of the storyline or to augment richness or detail.
Exposition is a literary technique by which information is conveyed about events that have occurred prior to the beginning of a novel, play, movie or other work of fiction. This information can be presented through dialogue, description, news reports, flashback, or even directly through narrative. Because exposition generally does not advance plot and may impede present-time action, it is usually best kept in short and succinct form, though in some genres, such as the mystery, exposition is central to the story structure itself.