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Academic Vocabulary #2

STUDY
PLAY
cosmic irony
when a writer uses God, destiny, or fate to dash the hopes and expectations of a character or humankind in general
dramatic irony
irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience/reader but not by the characters in the play/story
structural irony
pervasive irony created by a structural feature such as a naive protagonist whose viewpoint is consistently wrong, shared by neither author nor reader
pathetic fallacy
faulty reasoning that inappropriately ascribes human feelings to nature or nonhuman objects
soliloquy
a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
monologue
a (usually long) dramatic speech by a single actor
aside
a short speech, delivered to the audience or to another character, that others onstage are not supposed to hear
verisimilitude
the appearance of truth
in media res
Latin for "in the midst of things," i.e. beginning an epic poem in the middle of the action.
motif
repetition or variations of an image or idea in a work used to develop theme or characters