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a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage


A serious play in which the main character comes to an unhappy end

tragic hero

an admirable figure (main character) who has a personal failing that leads to his or her downfall

tragic flaw

the fault or characteristic that leads the main character to make choices that result in tragedy


dramatic work with a happy ending in which the main character gets what he or she wants


conversations between characters in a play


a long speech made by one character to one or more other characters ON STAGE


a speech made by a character ALONE ONSTAGE, speaking to himself or herself or the audience


short speech to the audience or another character that others onstage are not supposed to hear

stage directions

descriptions of how characters move onstage and how they speak their lines


the portable items (properties) that actors carry or handle onstage

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