Dramatic and Characterization Terms

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Monologue
A long speech given by a character who is not alone on stage.
Drama
A story written to be performed by actors
Tragedy
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character
Sonnet
A verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
Foil
A character who acts as a contrast to another character
Stage Directions
The specific instructions a playwright includes concerning sets, characterization, delivery, etc.
Aside
A line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
Dialogue
Conversation between characters
Solilquy
A long speech given by a character who is alone on stage
Subtext
The implied meaning that underlies the main meaning of a work of literature
Static Character
A major character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end.
Dynamic Character
A major character who grows, learns, or changes as a result of the story's action
Round Character
A minor character who develops or changes in the course of a work
Flat Character
A minor character who is not developed throughout the story.
Comedy
A drama that is amusing and ends happily.