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Greek Plays Vocabulary
a recognition or discovery on the part of the hero; change from ignorance to knowledge; usually tied to the turning point of the play
a reversal of fortune; from good to bad; usually follows anagnorisis; turning point of play
fate which cannot be escaped
purging of emotions of pity and fear; leaves viewer both relieved and elated
forces of nature; or unrestricted passion (undesirable)
human laws instituted by a city
the "good" city of man - ruled by law
what is said is the opposite of what is meant
the audience knows what to expect, but characters don't
what happens is not what is expected
choral movement in ONE direction across the stage
choral movement in the OTHER direction across the stage
dialogue that depicts an altercation between 2 characters; alternating lines of argument between those characters
a tragic flaw; character trait, not physical trait; causes the downfall of the hero; often - hubris