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Deus ex Machina

"God from the Machine." A god is lowered (usually from a crane / "mechane") to resolve the conflict which is otherwise impossible to solve. Now it means any arbitrary from of resolution.


A wheeled wagon used to bring in characters who died offstage


A group of actors who stand away from the main action and and comment on it in usually general terms


play dealing with elevated, poetic style with events that depict man as the victim of destiny, yet above it. Also a serious fiction work, especially drama, that presents the downfall of the protagonist (usually better than ourselves) who through an error in judgment or weakness of character, or twist of fate, suffers defeat or death.


The main stage, where the main action happens


Where the audience sits


The entrances or exits where the actors arrive and depart


A large wall, containing the backdrop or scenery for the play.


A semicircular greek theater, with gradually rising seats to provide better viewing and hearing for all

In medias res

In the middle of things


The moment of self discovery or realization; epiphany

Tragic Flaw

an inherent quality in a character, often hubris, that brings upon their downfall


sometimes used with tragic flaw, it is an error in judgement or an ignorance of facts that leads to the hero's downfall or reversal of fortune, often caused by the tragic flaw


reversal of fortune


tragedy author. imitated incidents arousing pity and fear to purge the audiences emotions, so they leave feeling purged or exalted

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