Vocab

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Drama
composition in verse and/or prose intended to portray life or character or to tell a story through action and dialogue
Comedy
generally a literary work that ends happily
Tragedy
a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character
History play
a play based on a historical narrative
Iambic pentameter
line of poetry that contains five iambs - 10 syllables per line
Soliloquy
an act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play
comic relief
comic episodes in a dramatic or literary work that offset more serious sections
Catastrophe
an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster
aside
a remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play
Epilogue
a section or speech at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened
Motivation
the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way
Dramatic Monologue
when a speaker addresses one or more silent listeners, often reflecting on a specific problem or situation
Stage directions
instructions in the text of a play, especially indicating the movement, position, or tone of an actor, or the sound effects and lighting
Staging/Stagecraft
all the devices except dialogue which a dramatist uses to communicate to an audience - includes scenery, costumes, gestures, movement, and lighting
Pun
a play on two words similar in sound but different in meaning
Tragic flaw
a character defect that brings about a hero's downfall
Chorus
a group of performers who comment on the main action, typically speaking and moving together
fool
usually clever peasants or commoners that use their wits to outdo people of higher social standing
foil
a character that serves by contrast to highlight or emphasize opposing traits in another character
Epithet
adjective or descriptive phrase that is regularly used to characterize a person, place, or thing. We speak of "Honest Abe," for example, and "America the Beautiful."