work designed to be rep on stage by actors. or a serious play dealing w/ impt problems
list of chars at beginning of play
artistic device whereby nature reflects a char's feelings or mood of events in the literature. nature mirrors human emotion
single ficstional speaker gives an extended speech, either as if alone or as if speaking to audience.
depiction of thoughts/feelings that flow, w/ no apparent logic, thru mind of a character
quality in a work of lit that evokes feelings of pity, tenderness, and sympathy from reader
play which evokes laughter by devices of low comedy (eg physical buffoonery, rough wit, ridiculous situations, slapstick behavior)
play of extremes; little subtlety or complexity of character
unrhymed iambic pentameter
char says something privately to another char
humorous scene, incident, remark that evokes laughter as a release from tension
ten syllables; stressed/unstressed syllables
concluding action of a drama
originally group of maksed male dancers who sand/chanted as part of ceremonies in Greek drama, reduced to single figure in Elizabethan dramas
literary work w/ happy ending; modern=funny, shakespeare=happy ending
drama exciting pity/fear.
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.
serious fault that leads to protagonists' death/downfall
hero's tragic flaw being pride to excess
terror/pity felt by audience of tragedy produces catharsis; cleansing/purifying of emotion. audience feels empty/limp.