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conversation between characters


long speech in which a character, usually alone on stage, speaks to himself or herself with out other characters hearing


a remark a character makes, usually to the audience, that is not heard by characters on stage


long speech heard by the other characters


visual picture created in the readers mind by the text

Historical Characters

Characters that are historical that have distinct counterparts in the real world - but often from past history.


the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem

Tragic Flaw

a characteristic that brings about the hero's downfall


The conflict reaches a turning point. At this point the opposing forces in the story meet and the conflict becomes most intense. The crisis occurs before or at the same time as the climax.


point of greatest emotional intensity


disaster that befalls the hero


notes beside the text

Blank Verse

a poetic form characterized by unrhymed lines written in iambic pentameter

Iambic Pentameter

the typical line has five iambs, or five stressed and unstressed syllables


restating somethings meaning in your own words


a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

External Conflict

a character struggles with an outside force, such as another character, or force such as the weather

Internal Conflict

the character struggles with his or her own opposing beliefs, desires, or values


a character who sets off another character by providing a strong contrast


a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet


a subdivision of an act of a play

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

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