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is a way to divide an opera, play, or other drama. Each is a group of scenes that form an important part of the story. A story will be from one to five acts. Many modern stories are three, which match with the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
is a character, group of characters, institution or concept that stands in or represents opposition against which the protagonist(s) must contend. In other words, an antagonist is a person or a group of people who opposes a protagonist.
is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience. By convention the audience is to realize that the character's speech is unheard by the other characters on stage. It may be addressed to the audience expressly (in character or out) or represent an unspoken thought.
is the final resolution in a poem or narrative plot, which unravels the intrigue and brings the piece to a close. In comedies, this may be a marriage between main characters; in tragedies, it may be the death of one or more main characters.
is the purification and purgation of emotions—especially pity and fear—through art or any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration.
is a person or other being in a narrative work of art (such as a novel, play, television series, or film).
a literary or dramatic character who undergoes an important inner change, as a change in personality or attitude: Ebeneezer Scrooge is a dynamic character. Compare static character.
an easily recognized character type in fiction who may not be fully delineated but is useful in carrying out some narrative purpose of the author.
a character in fiction whose personality, background, motives, and other features are fully delineated by the author.
a literary or dramatic character who undergoes little or no inner change; a character who does not grow or develop.
a character in literature, theater, or film of a type quickly recognized and accepted by the reader or viewer and requiring no development by the writer.
the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination:
a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion.
an amusing scene, incident, or speech introduced into serious or tragic elements, as in a play, in order to provide temporary relief from tension, or to intensify the dramatic action.
relief from tension caused by the introduction or occurrence of a comic element, as by an amusing human foible.
a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.
the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
a concluding part added to a literary work, as a novel.
writing or speech primarily intended to convey information or to explain; a detailed statement or explanation; explanatory treatise:
the part of a literary plot that occurs after the climax has been reached and the conflict has been resolved.
is a character who contrasts with another character —usually the protagonist— in order to highlight particular qualities of the other character. In some cases, a subplot can be used as a foil to the main plot.
the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.
excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance.
a form of dramatic entertainment, comedic solo, or the like by a single speaker: a comedian's monologue.
a prolonged talk or discourse by a single speaker, especially one dominating or monopolizing a conversation.
any composition, as a poem, in which a single person speaks alone.
a part of a drama in which a single actor speaks alone; soliloquy.
a preliminary discourse; a preface or introductory part of a discourse, poem, or novel.
the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work.
a related series of incidents in a literary plot that build toward the point of greatest interest.
is a part of an act defined with the changing of characters. To be more specific, the elements that create the plot of a play or any story, and divide a play into acts include the exposition, which give information, setting up the rest of the story.
an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character's innermost thoughts): Hamlet's soliloquy begins with "To be or not to be.".
the main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, especially as a consequence of a tragic flaw, moral weakness, or inability to cope with unfavorable circumstances. b. The genre made up of such works.
the character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy; hamartia.
a character in a play, novel, or the like, who constitutes an important evil agency in the plot.
a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication:
in which the poet addresses an absent person, an abstract idea, or a thing.
Exclamation of "O"
refers to polite, indirect expressions which replace words and phrases considered harsh and impolite or which suggest something unpleasant.
is simply the use of over-exaggeration for the purpose of creating emphasis or being humorous, but it is not intended to be taken literally.
is a figure of speech that makes an implicit, implied, or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated, but which share some common characteristics. In other words, a resemblance of two contradictory or different objects is made based on a single or some common characteristics.
She is a rose
is defined as a word, which imitates the natural sounds of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing described, making the description more expressive and interesting.
is a form of figurative language in which something that is not human is given human characteristics. This device is often used in poetry to enhance the meaning and beauty of poems.
"The sun smiled at us"
is a figure of speech that makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things. Unlike a metaphor, a simile draws resemblance with the help of the words "like" or "as". Therefore, it is a direct comparison.
She smells like a dog
in which a part of something represents the whole or it may use a whole to represent a part.
The word "bread" can be used to represent food in general or money (e.g. he is the breadwinner; music is my bread and butter).
in which a writer or speaker deliberately makes a situation seem less important or serious than it is. A statement which lessens or minimizes the importance of what is meant. Restraint or lack of emphasis in expression, as for rhetorical effect.
You are out to dinner with a friend who spills food down the front of her white shirt. An understatement would be: "Really, it's hardly noticeable." (Polite)
is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense.
Dove: symbol of peace
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