Tragedy of Macbeth Test Glossary Terms

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These words were given to British Studies (English Honors) students in class, by Sr. Jude for upcoming test on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011.

Dichotomy

a division or contrast between two things that have polar or opposite qualities (e.g. good and bad, fair and foul) --> equivocation.

Dramatic irony

a type of irony, in which the significance of a character's words or actions are clear to the audience but unknown to the character.

Treason

to take out/kill the king (which disrupts order of society).

Usurpation

take the thrown. Usurp the line breaks chain and disrupts the system. Breaking of the natural order.

Equivocation

to say one thing while meaning something different; to us ambiguous language so as to conceal the truth or to avoid categorical statements

Tragic Flaw

a fatal flaw in one's character, usually leading to the downfall of the hero or heroine

Acheron

Hell; one of the rivers in Hades

Augur

to foresee or predict the future a.k.a witches

Berate

to scold or criticize angrily

Bodements

omens; a herald

Compunctions

feelings of guilt or moral scruple that follows a crime or sin

Incarnadine

crimson or pinkish-red color

Minion

underling or servant of an important person

Parricide

the killing of a patent or near relative

Rancour

bitter, especially longstanding resentfulness

Recompense

compensation for loss or harm done; also a reward for efforts or work performed

Regicide

the killing of a king

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