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vocabulary

drama

a story designed to be acted out

foil

a character that is used to contrast another character

dramatic irony

when the audience or the reader knows something important that a character does not know

oxymoron

a figure of speech that combines contradictory terms

plot

what a story is about or the events in a story

setting

when and where a story takes place

point of view

who is telling the story;can be limited or omniscient,1st or 3rd person

simile

a comparison using the words "like" or "as"

tragedy

the presentation of serious and important actions that end unhappily

soliloquy

a speech by a character,alone onstage,who is speaking to him/herself or to the audience

foreshadowing

verbal and dramtic hints that suggest what is to come later

paradox

a word used to describe situations that are ironic,contradictory or surprising

theme

the meaning you are supposed to get from a story

characterization

finding out about a character through direct and indirect methods

mood

a distinctive emotional quality given to a character or setting

metaphor

a comparison without using the words "like" or "as"

tragic hero

the central character,usually a noble figure,in a tragedy who has a personal failing that leads to his or her downfall

aside

a comment that only the audience is supposed to hear

imagery

the usage of details and descriptions in order to create a sensory experiencee for the reader or audience

personification

a form of metaphor in which human characteristics are attributed to nonhuman things

narration

the act or process of telling the particulars of a story

allusion

a brief reference to a person,place,thing,event or idea in history or literature

irony

a contrast between what appears to be and what really is

comic relief

a humorous scene or incident that alleviates tension in an otherwise serious work

blank verse

the English verse form closest to the natural rhythms of English speech

monologue

a long speech by one character to one or more other characters onstage

pun

a play on words that relies on a word having more than one meaning or sounding like another word

symbolism

the practice of representing things by symbols,or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character

conflict

the problem or crisis of a story

inference

an idea logically derived from another idea

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