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Speech by one character to one or more characters onstage


speaking to himself or herself alone onstage


comment only audience is supposed to hear

tragic hero

noble figure who has personal failing that leads to downfall

tragic flaw

imperfections that lead to make bad choices

shakespere born

Born April 23, 1564, in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Romeo and juliet written

around late 1500's

blank verse

unrymed iambic pentameter



Fate is inevitable and inescapable.

Key Themes

Love triumphs over hate.

Key Themes

Redemption/happiness can be found through death.

Key Themes

Love can be an overpowering, all-consuming force.

Key Themes

Society's demands often compromise individual choice.

Key Themes

Chance happenings can play a key role in one's destiny.

Key Themes


Key Motifs and their Significance

Death Personified

Key Motifs and their Significance


Key Motifs and their Significance


Key Motifs and their Significance

Youth vs. Age

Key Motifs and their Significance


Key Motifs and their Significance

Death Penalty

Key Motifs and their Significance


A lyric poem that is:
Fourteen lines long
Written in iambic pentameter
Faithful to a strict pattern of stanza division and rhyme scheme
3 quatrains, 1 couplet (stanza division)
abab, cdcd, efef, gg (rhyme scheme)


- word choice


- sentence structure


A recurring image, word, object, phrase, or action that unifies a literary work.


Reference to a historically or culturally significant event, person, place, literary work, or work of art


is a play on words that sound alike but have different meanings


Figure of speech that combines two contradictory terms


In drama, an extended or uninterrupted speech spoken by a single person


A dramatic form of discourse (talking) in which a character talks to himself or herself revealing his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

dramatic irony

Type of irony that occurs when the audience or reader is aware of a circumstance about which the character involved is unaware

Double Entendre

A word or expression used in a given context so that it can be understood in two ways, especially when one meaning is "indelicate," or risque

comic relief

A release of emotional or other tension resulting from a comic episode planted in the midst of serious or tragic elements in a drama.


- a comparison of two unlike things using like or as


- a comparison of two unlike things, often uses a " to be" verb and does NOT use like or as


- the act of giving human (lifelike) qualities to an inanimate (non-living) object

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