Drama Terms

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Act
a major divisions of a play or opera.
Narration
either the "in" or "out" of the Drama, people in the act as a narrator/s to tell the story of a scene, give information or make a comment on the scene.
Conflict
a struggle between opposing forces in a story or play, usually resolved by the end of the work. The conflict may occur within a character as well as between characters.
Foreshadowing
hints of what is to come in the action of a play.
Dramatic irony
when the audience knows something the characters do not
Point of view
the angle of vision from which a story is narrated
Theme
the idea of a literary work abstracted from its details of language, character, and action, and cast in the form of a generalization
Exposition(Prologue)
the opening of a play when the characters and situation are introduced
Antagonist
a character or force against which another character struggles
Protagonist
the main character
Aside
words spoken by an actor directly to the audience, which are not "heard" by the other characters on stage during a play
Dialogue
the conversation of characters in a literary work. In plays, characters' speeches are preceded by their names.
Gesture
the physical movement of a character during a play. Gesture is used to reveal character, and may include facial expressions as well as movements of other parts of an actor's body
Props
articles or objects that appear on stage during a play
Stage direction
a playwright's descriptive comments that provide readers (and actors) with information about the dialogue, setting, and action of a play
Playwright
one who authors a drama
Scene
what Acts are divided into
Setting
the time, place of a literary work
Set
the stage decorations, props used to prepare the stage for performance
Rising Action
the developing conflict leading up to the climax of the story
Climax
the highest point of conflict, drama, or a major turning point in the story
Falling action
the action after the Climax leading to the resolution (conclusion)
Resolution
the conclusion/ resolve of the conflict
Allusion
the author refers to or hints at major art works, literary works, famous people, or historical events
Comedy
drama that ends with a happy ending
Tragedy
drama that ends with a sad or frightening (tragic) ending
Pun
a play on words
Situational Irony
involving a situation in which the actions effects what was intended, so that the outcome is what was not expected.
Verbal Irony
a figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
Dramatic Monologue
a poem or speech that reveals aspects of a characters "soul" when that character is in a dramatic situation. The character speaks to an identifiable but silent listener at a dramatic moment in the speaker's life.
Soliloquy
a speech delivered while the speaker is alone meant to inform the audience as to what they are feeling or thinking