37 terms

Unit 2 test

STUDY
PLAY

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Aristotle's Six Elements of a Play
o Plot
o Character
o Thought
o Language
o Music
o Spectacle
Linear Plot
A plot that has a distinctive begining, middle, and end, and is composed of five identifiable parts: introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution.
Causal Play Structure
o Exposition
o Inciting Incident
o Rising Action
o Climax
o Falling Action / Dénouement
Exposition
introduces the characters, setting, and basic situation
Inciting Incident
event that introduces the central conflict
Rising Action
events leading up to the climax
Falling Action
events after the climax, leading to the resolution
Dialogue
a conversation between two persons
Subplot
a minor plot that relates in some way to the main story
Reversal
a reversal in attitude or principle or point of view
Protagonist
main character
Antagonist
opponent
Prose
the ordinary form of written language
Dramatic Genre
o Tragedy
o Comedy
Situation Comedy
emphasizes the humorous qualities of the situation in which the characters find themselves.
Comedy of Character
driven by the eccentricities of its major figure.
Comedy of Idea
is focused on thought rather than character or situation.
Comedy of Manners
explores the behavior of a particular segment of society
Romantic Comedy
form of comic drama in which the plot focuses on one or more pairs of young lovers who overcome difficulties to achieve a happy ending
Tragicomedy
a type of drama that combines certain elements of both tragedy and comedy
Melodrama
a literary form in which events are exaggerated in order to create an extreme emotional response
Poetic Justice
Good guy/girl gets what he/she deserves.
Public Domain
property rights that belong to the community at large, are unprotected by copyright or patent, and are subject to use by anyone
Renaissance
The great period of rebirth in art, literature, and learning in the 14th-16th centuries, which marked the transition into the modern periods of European history
Commedia Dell'Arte
he closest translation being "comedy of art", is a form of theatre that began in Italy in the mid-16th century, characterized by masked "types", the advent of the actress and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios.
Lazzi
comic pieces of business used repeatedly by characters in Italian commedia dell'arte
Slapstick
characterized by horseplay and physical action
Neoclassicism
literary movement of the 17th and 18th centuries meant to retrieve the ideals of the Greeks and Romans
Verisimilitude
the appearance of truth
Perspective Scenery
Scenery that represents three-dimensional space on a flat surface
Proscenium
the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater
Raked Stage
a stage that is slanted, either to increase visibility or to produce false perspective
University Wits
A name used for certain young University men who came to London in the late 1580's & undertook careers as professional.
Dramatists Guild
a professional organization for playwrights, composers, and lyricists working in the U.S. theatre market.
William Shakespeare
English poet and dramatist considered one of the greatest English writers (1564-1616)
The Kings Men
shakespeares company
universality
the ability to be applied to everyone