a type of drama in which the characters experience reversals of fortune, usually for the worse. Catastrophe and suffering await many of the characters, especially the hero
a type of drama in which the characters experience reversals of fortune, usually for the better. Things work out happily in the end. May be romantic - characterized by a tone of tolerance and geniality - or satiric. Satiric works offer a darker vision of human nature, one that ridicules human folly
a light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick events are used for humorous effect. It is the situation here which provides the humor, not the cleverness of plot or lines, nor the absurdities of the character
a drama, such as a play, film, or television program, characterized by exaggerated emotions, stereotypical characters, and interpersonal conflicts
an extended fictional prose narrative about improbable events involving characters that are quite different from ordinary people.
knights on a quest for a magic sword and aided by characters like fairies and trolls are an example of this
a literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit. A literary mode based on criticism of people and society through ridicule
the idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language, character, and action, and cast in the form of a generalization
a struggle between opposing forces in a story or play, usually resolved by the end of the work. this may occur within a character or between characters
the means by which writers present and reveal character. revealed through speech, dress, manner, and actions
a character who during the course of a story undergoes a permanent change in some aspect of character or outlook
a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering
a stereotyped character: one whose nature is familiar to us from prototypes in previous literature
words spoken by an actor directly to the audience which are not "heard" by the other characters
a speech in a play that is meant to be heard by the audience but not by other characters on the stage.
the turning point of the action in the plot of a play or story. the greatest point of tension