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Drama terms - stephxxo

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drama
work designed to be rep on stage by actors. or a serious play dealing w/ impt problems
dramatis personae
list of chars at beginning of play
pathetic fallacy
artistic device whereby nature reflects a char's feelings or mood of events in the literature. nature mirrors human emotion
monologue
single ficstional speaker gives an extended speech, either as if alone or as if speaking to audience.
interior monologue
depiction of thoughts/feelings that flow, w/ no apparent logic, thru mind of a character
pathos
quality in a work of lit that evokes feelings of pity, tenderness, and sympathy from reader
farce
play which evokes laughter by devices of low comedy (eg physical buffoonery, rough wit, ridiculous situations, slapstick behavior)
melodrama
play of extremes; little subtlety or complexity of character
blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter
aside
char says something privately to another char
comic relief
humorous scene, incident, remark that evokes laughter as a release from tension
iambic pentameter
ten syllables; stressed/unstressed syllables
catastrophe
concluding action of a drama
chorus
originally group of maksed male dancers who sand/chanted as part of ceremonies in Greek drama, reduced to single figure in Elizabethan dramas
Comedy
literary work w/ happy ending; modern=funny, shakespeare=happy ending
tragedy
drama exciting pity/fear.
tragic hero
potential for greatness, person is pre-eminently virtuous and just, but misfortune is brought about by error in judgement. has flaw; contributes to destruction. potential not achieved bc of tragic flaw and fate.
tragic flaw
serious fault that leads to protagonists' death/downfall
hubris
hero's tragic flaw being pride to excess
catharsis
terror/pity felt by audience of tragedy produces catharsis; cleansing/purifying of emotion. audience feels empty/limp.