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composition in verse and/or prose intended to portray life or character or to tell a story through action and dialogue
generally a literary work that ends happily
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
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
an event causing great and often sudden damage or suffering; a disaster
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
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
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
all the devices except dialogue which a dramatist uses to communicate to an audience - includes scenery, costumes, gestures, movement, and lighting
a play on two words similar in sound but different in meaning
Tragic flaw
a character defect that brings about a hero's downfall
a group of performers who comment on the main action, typically speaking and moving together
usually clever peasants or commoners that use their wits to outdo people of higher social standing
a character that serves by contrast to highlight or emphasize opposing traits in another character
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."