21 terms

romeo and juliet dramatic elements

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act
a major unit of action in a play, comparable to a chapter in a book
scene
each time the setting in an act changes, the scene changes. there are several scenes in each act. act 1, scene 2 or I.2
aside
a remark that is spoken in an undertone and is meant only for the audience
conflict
A struggle between opposing forces that is the basis of the plot
internal conflict
exists within a character
external conflict
exists outside the character
drama
literature meant to be performed for an audience
mood
how the characters feel about their situation
tone
how the author feels about his characters and subject matter
chorus
in Shakespeare's plays, the chorus is the narrator
plot
the sequence of ACTION in a story: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. (conflict can occur multiple times in the plot)
setting
the time and place a story takes place
soliloquy
A speech one character makes alone on the stage (thinking out loud)
monologue
a speech one character makes that is directed to other characters
symbol
something small representing something large
theme
the author's message to the reader
tragedy
a drama that starts in calm or comedy and ends in tragedy and violence
willing suspension of disbelief
the audience tacitly agrees to set aside disbelief
dramatic irony
when the audience knows something the characters do not
dramatic foil
a character whose personality or actions are in striking contrast to those of another character. a foil is used to highlight diverse qualities of characters
pun
a form of word play that suggests two or more meanings, by exploiting multiple meanings of words, or of similar-sounding words, for an intended humorous effect