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ENGLISH II - UNIT 8: DRAMA

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PLAY
buffoon
clown or prankster
catharsis
cleansing or purification of emotions, usually by empathizing with another's problems
chorus
group of twelve or more members who sang and danced as a part of their commentary about a play
exposition
part of a plot in which the situation and some of the characters are introduced and explained
monologue
a long speech given by one actor or character; soliloquy
parodies
forms of literature that imitate the style of other writings in a humorous manner
prologue
an announcement, or commentary, about something to come
protagonist
the main character who struggles throughout the play to accomplish his goals
pun
a humorous play on words, the humorous use of homonyms so that more than one meaning can be intended
tragic hero
a protagonist having a flaw, error, weakness, or vice that causes him to lose everything, sometimes even his life
trilogy
a group or series of three plays or literary works related in theme or subject
allegory
a narrative having two levels of meaning: a surface, or literal, meaning and an underlying or figurative meaning
crisis
the turning point of a play or story
dialogue
the words written by the author for the characters to speak
dramatic irony
a device used to allow the audience to know something the characters do not know
farces
plays containing ridiculous events or mockery, based on obviously humorous situations
melodramatic
originally intense plays filled with action, usually showing the results of man's emotions overcoming reason; later it applied to any type of writing with exaggerated emotional appeal; usually good struggles against evil
pantomime
a play given without words; actors use gestures to convey the situation or story
acolyte
one who assists a priest during a religious ceremony
liturgical
having to do with the established form for the ceremonies or rites of religious worship
prototype
the first, or original, of anything
didactic
intended to instruct
anticlimax
an abrupt descent from a previous high point; an important event followed by trivial or unimportant information