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A character or force in conflict with the main character
A device in which a character in a drama makes a short speech which is heard by the audience but not by other characters in the play
Unrhymed iambic pentameter
a large-scale disaster, misfortune, or failure
A method an author uses to let readers know more about the characters and their personal traits.
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
A literary work which ends happily because the hero or heroine is able to overcome obstacles and get what he or she wants.
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
The events that starts the rising action
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
deus ex machina
In literature, the use of an artificial device or gimmick to solve a problem.
Conversation between characters
A writer's or speaker's choice of words
List of characters in a play
The omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable to preserve the meter of a line of poetry.
A narrative device, often used at the beginning of a work that provides necessary background information about the characters and their circumstances.
Events after the climax, leading to the resolution
A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only
A narrative device that hints at coming events; often builds suspense or anxiety in the reader.
the imaginary wall through which the audience views the play
A contrast between expectation and reality
Irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play.
An outcome that turns out to be very different from what was expected
A figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
A comparison that establishes a figurative identity between objects being compared.
A long speech made by one performer or by one person in a group.
Appeal to emotion
A figure of speech in which an object or animal is given human feelings, thoughts, or attitudes
Articles or objects that appear on stage during a play.
a measure of memory in which the person need only identify items previously learned, as on a multiple-choice test
End of the story where loose ends are tied up
The point at which the action of the plot turns in an unexpected direction for the protagonist.
Events leading up to the climax
A literary work that criticizes human misconduct and ridicules vices, stupidities, and follies.
The context in time and place in which the action of a story occurs.
A comparison using "like" or "as"
A long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage
an instruction in the text of a play, especially one indicating the movement, position, or tone of an actor, or the sound effects and lighting.
All the devices except dialogue which a dramatist uses to communicate to an audience.
a minor plot that relates in some way to the main story
the hidden or underlying meaning of something
Central idea of a work of literature
A writer's attitude toward his or her subject matter revealed through diction, figurative language, and organization on the sentence and global levels.
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character
A weakness or limitation of character, resulting in the fall of the tragic hero.
a play or novel containing elements of both tragedy and comedy
neoclassical requirements for theater: unity of time; unity of place; and unity of action
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