LIterary Terms: Julius Caesar

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Dialogue

conversation between characters

Soliloquoy

long speech in which a character, usually alone on stage, speaks to himself or herself with out other characters hearing

Aside

a remark a character makes, usually to the audience, that is not heard by characters on stage

Monologue

long speech heard by the other characters

Imagery

visual picture created in the readers mind by the text

Historical Characters

Characters that are historical that have distinct counterparts in the real world - but often from past history.

Hero

the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem

Tragic Flaw

a characteristic that brings about the hero's downfall

Crisis

The conflict reaches a turning point. At this point the opposing forces in the story meet and the conflict becomes most intense. The crisis occurs before or at the same time as the climax.

Climax

point of greatest emotional intensity

Catastrophe

disaster that befalls the hero

Glosses

notes beside the text

Blank Verse

a poetic form characterized by unrhymed lines written in iambic pentameter

Iambic Pentameter

the typical line has five iambs, or five stressed and unstressed syllables

Paraphrasing

restating somethings meaning in your own words

Drama

a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

External Conflict

a character struggles with an outside force, such as another character, or force such as the weather

Internal Conflict

the character struggles with his or her own opposing beliefs, desires, or values

Foil

a character who sets off another character by providing a strong contrast

Act

a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet

Scene

a subdivision of an act of a play

Tragic Hero

A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy

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