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English Final Exam, Romeo & Juliet Terms

staging

how you put the stage together

aside

short speech delivered by an actor in the play that expresses their thoughts

dialogue

conversation of the characters in the play

monologue

speech by one character in a play

act

subdivision of a play

scene

further subdivision of an act

tone

mood of the play

iambic pentameter

rhythmetical pattern of unstressed and then stressed syllables

sonnet

speech of 14 lines

soliloquy

long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone onstage

tragedy

work of literature that ends in a catastrophe for the main character

comedy

a play that ends happily

foil

character contrasted with another character

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