Unit 3 Vocabulary - Coming of Age On Stage

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monologue
A long speech made by an actor who is not alone on stage.
Oxymoron
a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction and do not contradict each other
Pun
a humorous play on words
Indirect characterization
The character is revealed through their personality, appearance, words, actions, and effect on others
Direct characterization
Author directly describes character
motif
A recurring theme, subject or idea; the most important symbol in a narrative
drama
a work of literature designed to be performed in front of an audience
Tragedy
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character
Comedy
A humorous work of drama
archetypes
symbols, character, and patterns that repeat throughout various genres
Sonnet
a verse form consisting of 14 lines with a fixed rhyme scheme
Meter
A regular pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables in a line of poetry
Rhyme scheme
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem
Foil characters
a character who contrasts with another character in order to highlight particular qualities
Dynamic characters
Major characters who change significantly.
Static characters
Major characters who remain relatively the same throughout a narrative.
Round characters
Minor characters who develop and change.
Flat characters
Minor characters that do not significantly change.
Protagonist
the character who strives against the central conflict.
antagonist
The character or force that cause conflict.
dialogue
Conversation between two or more characters
soliloquy
A long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
Aside
a remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.
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