16 terms

Macbeth - Words to Know

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Tragic Hero
A high social ranking person, who has a tragic flaw and suffers complete ruin or death with dignity.
Tragic Flaw
An error in judgement that leads to a character's downfall.
Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows more than the characters.
Soliloquy
A speech that is given by a character alone on the stage that reveals their personal thoughts or feelings. Helps the audience understand a character's motivation.
Aside
A character's remark to either the audience or another character that no one else is supposed to hear. Let's the audience know a character's thoughts or secrets.
Blank Verse
Un-rhymed lines of Iambic Pentameter
Iambic Pentameter
A pattern of rhythm that has five stressed and unstressed syllables.
Rhetorical Devices
Literary elements used by characters or an author to help persuade themselves, each other, or an audience of the righteousness of their cause.
Repetition
The use of words and phrases more than once to emphasize an idea
Parallelism
The repetition of grammatical structures to express ideas that are equally important
Rhetorical Questions
The use of questions that require no answer to make the audience agree with the speaker
Foreshadowing
The use of hints and clues to suggest what will happen later in a plot
Dialogue
Conversation between two or more characters
Paradox
A statement that seems contradictory but is reveals a truth
Hubris
Excessive pride or arrogance that results in the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy
Ego
A person's sense of self-esteem or self-importance