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the major division of play
lines spoken by an actor to himself or directly to the audience. It is assumed that the rest of the characters on stage do not hear these comments.
unrhymed verse written in iambic pentameter, or 10 syllables in which every second syllable is stressed.
the turning point for the main character or the highest point of emotional feeling for the audience.
humor inserted into the play to break a serious mood.
(conclusion) the solution
a character who highlights or brings out the personality traits of another character in a play. Usually a foil contrasts with the other character and the contrast serves to emphasize the other character's traits.
a device whereby a character's words or actions have one meaning for the character and quite different meaning or the audience or reader.
background information, setting and introduction.
implication by the author of events to come later.
language that appeals to the senses, most images are visual, that is they create pictures in the reader's mind by appealing to the sense of sight.
(especially important in poetry)
an event occurs that directly contradicts the expectations of the characters, the reader or the audience.
a lengthy speech delivered by a character and which is addressed to other character in a play.
a description that contains a self-contradiction.
a brief opening section to the play spoken by a single actor called "the chorus"- the prologue welcomes the audience and gives them a taste of the story.
a play on the multiple meanings of a word, or on two words that sound alike but have different meanings. Most often puns are used for their humorous effects-they are used in jokes all the time.
a subordinate unit of action within an act, and within each act there are often a number of scenes. The end of a scene is usually designated by the lowering of a curtain or the entrance or exit of characters.
a monologue- an extended speech delivered by a character alone on stage in which he expresses his thoughts directly to the audience (this is like a really long aside)
downstage=toward the audience, upstage= away from the audience.
a play which presents painful situations, suffering and death, play which begins in happiness and ends in death or misery.
the defect in the tragic hero which leads to his downfall
the character who works against the protagonist in the story, the main "bad guy" (they can be nonhuman).
arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted
when one piece of literature references another piece of literature.
the act of attributing human characteristics to abstract ideas etc.
a figure of speech comparing to unlike things without using like or as
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.
opposition in a work of drama or fiction between characters or forces (especially an opposition that motivates the development of the plot)
a comparison using like or as
acting the part of a character on stage
The main idea or meaning of a text. Often, this is an insight about human life revealed in a literary work