Romeo and Juliet vocab
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a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy
long, uninterrupted speech delivered by a character to other characters who are onstage but remain silent
a speech in which a character, usually alone on stage, reveals private thoughts to the audience
a conversation between two or more characters (most of the play is written in dialogue)
tell how the work is to be performed, including details about sets, lighting, sound effects, props, costumes, and acting
A work of literature that results in a catastrophe, a disaster, or a great misfortune for the main character
constructions that set the scene for the drama, including painted backdrops, wooden frames, furniture, and trap doors
A fourteen line poem using iambic pentameter and the following rhyme scheme: abab cdcd efef gg.
Has NO punctuation at the end of the line and meaning is continued to following lines.
Has some form of punctuation at the end of the line (,;.!?).
movable objects, including swords, pens, and food items
Two consecutive lines that rhyme (aa bb cc). Usually followed when a character leaves or a scene ends.
Unrhymed meter, unrhymed iambic pentameter specifically (most of the play is written in blank verse)
smaller units which make up the act (similar to episodes that make up a season)
large units, usually consisting of several scenes (similar to seasons on a TV show)
daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM daDUM; meter with a line having five stressed syllables, each preceded by an unstressed syllable
a play on words involving a word with two or more different meanings or two words that sound alike but have different meanings
a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat
a character who provides a contrast to another character. Usually two characters who are opposite in many ways and highlight or exaggerate each other's differences.
a short speech given by one character. Traditionally, other characters can't hear it.
Embodies one or two qualities, ideas, or traits that can be readily described in a brief summary. They are not psychologically complex characters and therefore are readily accessible to readers
Complex than flat characters, and often display the inconsistencies and internal conflicts found in most real people. They are more fully developed, and therefore are harder to summarize
Undergoes some kind of change because of the action in the plot (Remember: Dynamic is different later.)
Does not change throughout the work, and the reader's knowledge of that character does not grow (Remember: Static STAYS the same.)
Someone in whom the central character confides, thus revealing the main character's personality, thoughts and intentions (does not need to be a person)
the main character in the story. The action of the story revolves around the protagonist and the conflict he or she faces.
the character or force the protagonist struggles against and must overcome.
is how an author tells his or her reader about a character. Direct characterization occurs when the author specifically reveals traits about the character in a direct, straightforward manner. Direct characterization is also important in showing the character's motivation.
is the process by which the writer shows the character's personality through his/her speech, actions and appearance. When you watch a movie or television show, you can usually gather what type of person the main character is based on how he/she acts and reacts in different situations.
when the opposite of what is intended occurs
The audience knows what is going to happen (or has additional information) that a character on stage does not. (Example: the audience knows Juliet is not dead when Romeo kills himself.)
a person says the opposite of what is meant. (Example: Juliet says she wants to get her hands on Romeo but doesn't mean she wants to kill him.)
When the outcome of something is different than what is expected (Example: When Romeo goes to the ball to see Rosaline but falls in love with Juliet there.)