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large units that a drama is divided into
the character or force that opposes or blocks the protagonist, or main character, in a narrative
private words that a character in a play speaks to the audience or to another character and that are not supposed to be overheard by others on stage
The use of a "funny" scene to interrupt a succession of tragic dramatic moments.
a struggle or clash between opposing characters, forces, or emotions.
a character struggles against some outside force: another character, society as a whole, or some natural force
struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character
conversation between two or more people
An appendix (usually a concluding address) to a play
in a literary work, a moment of sudden insight or revelation that a character experiences
a character who sets off another character by strong contrast (often completely opposite of the main protagonist).
excessive pride or ambition that leads to the main characters downfall
a long formal speech made by a character in a play
the series of related events that make up a story or drama
introduces the characters, setting, and usually, the story's major conflict
A set of conflicts and crises that constitute the part of a play's or story's plot leading up to the climax.
the tensest or most exciting part of the plot
In the plot of a story or play, the action following the climax of the work that moves it towards its denouement or resolution.
all the problems or mysteries of the plot are unraveled in the resolution
the beginning speech of a play given by the chorus usually
the main character in fiction,drama, or narrative poetry
a subdivision of an act or of a play not divided into acts. A scene normally represents actions happening in one place at one time, and is marked off from the next scene by a curtain, a black-out, or a brief emptying of the stage
a long speech in which a character who is usually alone onstage expresses his or her private thoughts or feelings
A subsidiary or subordinate or parallel plot in a play or story that coexists with the main plot.
a play, novel, or other narrative depicting serious and important events, in which the main character comes to an unhappy end.
tell the actors what actions to perform. Often in italics or in parentheses.
a group of characters that play roles within the story.
a certain type of comedy in which follies, errors, or shortcomings are lightly teased and exposed in a critical but witty way, often to critically shame a person or society.
a fictional genre intended to be performed, on stage or before an audience, in which a story is told through dialogue. Plays, short sketches, musicals, films, and television are all types.
a reoccurring image, symbol, theme, character, etc that connects the work to other pieces of literature and/or connects it to other works.
when the audience knows what is occurring in the story but the characters do not
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