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Words spoken by an actor directly to an audience, but not "heard" by the other characters on stage during a play.
A major division in a
play. An act can be subdivided
A sequence of continuous action
in a play, movie, opera, or book
to describe the character or individual quality of. (verb)
A speech by a single character without
another character's response. The character
however, is speaking to someone else or even a
group of people
a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into the chronological structure of the work.
A character that shows qualities that are in contrast with the qualities of another character with the objective to highlight the traits of the other character.
literary technique that introduces an apparently irrelevant element introduced early in a story.
irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play
a situation in which the opposite action takes place of what was expected.
Verbal irony occurs when a speaker speaks something contradictory to what he intends to.
A imitation of another work and is generally done in a comedic way that can sometimes be seen as exaggerated.
Genre: Tragic comedy
a literary device used in a play or novel that contains both tragedy and comedy
a light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect. (over-the-top comedy, on purpose)
Comedy of Manners
a comedy that satirizes behavior in a particular social group, especially the upper classes
The point at which the action of the plot turns in an unexpected direction for the protagonist- from failure to success or success to failure. (noun) "A plot twist"
Stage Direction- (noun) an instruction written in the script of the play and gives direction to actors/actresses gesturing the action of a play.
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.
A stock character is a dramatic or literary character representing a type in a conventional manner and recurring in many works. (Stereotypical character)
(Noun) A person who writes plays
A complex literary character with fully developed and dynamic traits
an easily recognized character type in
fiction who may not be fully present but is
useful in carrying out some narrative purpose of the author.
the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense.
mental sharpness and inventiveness; keen intelligence (wit, noun.) or showing or characterized by quick and inventive verbal humor (witty, adj.)
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