Geesey Drama Unit Terms

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acts and scenes

the basic units of drama

aside

a brief remark in which a character expresses private thoughts to the audience rather than to other characters

blank verse

unrhymed iambic pentameter

comedy

a play with a happy ending; the protagonist wins

protagonist

the good guy

antagonist

the bad guy

dramatic effect

illusion of reality in a play's performance

dramatic irony

occurs when another character(s) and/or the audience know more than one or more characters on stage about what is happening

dramatic monologue

where a character gives a long speech explaining his or her feelings, actions, emotions

enjambment

the continuation of meaning, without pause or break, from one line of poetry to the next

foil

a character who sets off another character by contrast

heroic couplet

two lines of rhyming iambic pentameter

props

movable objects that actors use on stage

pun

a play on words, often achieved through the use of words with similar sounds but different meanings

rhyme scheme

the pattern of rhyme in a poem

sonnet

14 line rhyming poem

satire

form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly

script

play's text, containing dialogue and stage directions

sets

constructions indicating where the drama takes place

situational irony

discrepancy between what is expected, as in action or as regards to the situation/setting, and what one would expect to happen

soliloquy

in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience

stage directions

provide details about sets, lighting, sound effects, props, costumes, and acting

synaesthesia

describing one kind of sensation in terms of another, thus mixing senses: "How sweet the sound"

synecdoche

using one part of an object to represent the entire object (for example, referring to a car simply as "wheels")

theme

insight into life, the truth about life or human nature as revealed through a literary work

tragedy

a work in which the protagonist, a person of high degree is engaged in a significant struggle and which ends in ruin or destruction

tragic flaw

the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall

verbal irony

occurs when what is said contradicts what is meant or thought

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