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Terms for Greek Plays

Greek terms for final exams in honors english
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peripeteia
reversal of fortune
tragedy
form of drama in which a person struggles to overcome difficulties but meets an unhappy end
tragic hero
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
hamartia
a weakness in character that leads the protagonist to his downfall.
hubris
overbearing pride; arrogance
anagnorisis
recognition or discovery on the part of the hero;change from ignorance to knowledge
nemesis
fate that cannot be escaped
catharsis
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
foil character
a character who is used as a contrast to another character; the contrast emphasizes the differences between the two characters, bringing out the distinctive qualities in each
parallel character
a character whose role shares a likeness to another character, especially the main characters
catalyst
a character whose actions serve to complicate the story, change the course of a character's actions, or make possible the tragic or happy ending