Breaking the Illusion and the Fourth Wall in the TV Drama An analytical study


  • Assistant professor Dr. Mustafa.A.dafak University of Baghdad College of Mass Communication



The long history of actors communicating directly with their audience goes back to the ancient Greek stands and *The Globe in London in the 17th century. William Shakespeare often used soliloquy, and sideshows to create tension between onstage, and the audience as a means of deepening the theatrical experience. Until the middle of the 18th century AD. The dramatists did not envision a specific language to describe the invisible line separating the actors and the audience. In the centuries that followed, the concept of the "fourth wall" was a boon to playwrights looking to break the old rules. Film and television followed suit and adopted this ability to communicate directly with the viewer.                                                                             

The fourth wall is an imaginary wall that separates the story from the real world. The term comes from the theater, where the three walls surrounding the stage surround the stage while the invisible "fourth wall" is left for the viewer. The fourth wall is the screen we watch. We treat this wall as a one-way mirror. The audience can see and understand the story, but the story cannot understand the audience's existence.                            

For decades, films in the cinema and television business using the same graphic language have worked to improve (the illusion) of depth and movement throughout space. On the two-dimensional screen, and the lighting works on the illusion of a third dimension, the carefully designed characters begin to project hopes, dreams, and desires on us to unite with them and become our hopes, dreams, and desires.  


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How to Cite

Mustafa.A.dafak , A. professor D. . (2022). Breaking the Illusion and the Fourth Wall in the TV Drama An analytical study. Lark, 14(5), 747-728.