Terms for Greek Plays

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Greek terms for final exams in honors english

peripeteia

reversal of fortune

tragedy

form of drama in which a person struggles to overcome difficulties but meets an unhappy end

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

hamartia

a weakness in character that leads the protagonist to his downfall.

hubris

overbearing pride; arrogance

anagnorisis

recognition or discovery on the part of the hero;change from ignorance to knowledge

nemesis

fate that cannot be escaped

catharsis

(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions

foil character

a character who is used as a contrast to another character; the contrast emphasizes the differences between the two characters, bringing out the distinctive qualities in each

parallel character

a character whose role shares a likeness to another character, especially the main characters

catalyst

a character whose actions serve to complicate the story, change the course of a character's actions, or make possible the tragic or happy ending

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