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Literary Terms Rosa

Literary Terms for Ms. Rosa's class.
STUDY
PLAY
Allusion
an indirect reference by casually mentioning something that is generally familiar (ex. Mythology, the Bible, History)
Aside
lines that are whispered to the audience or to another character on stage (not meant to be heard by all the characters on stage)
Blank Verse
a form of unrhymed lines of iambic pentameter, lines that ideally have five unstressed syllables each followed by a stressed syllable. However, the pattern is not perfect. (very common in all of Shakespeare's plays)
Catastrophe
the final event is a drama (a death in a tragedy or a marriage in a comedy)
A drama
a play
Comedy
a light play with a happy ending
Comic Relief
a bit of humor injected into a serious play to relieve the heavy tension of tragic events
Dramatic Irony
occurs when the audience knows something that the character on stage is not aware
Metaphor
an implied comparison between two different things; indentifying a person or object as the thing to which is being compared
Metonymy
a figure of speech whereby the name of a thing is substituted for the attribute, which it suggests (ex. The pen (power of literature) is mightier than the sword (force))
Nemesis
enemy, agent of retribution (the person who punishes)
Personification
giving the quality of life to inanimate things
Poetic Justice
the operation of justice in a play with fair distribution of reward for good deeds and punishment for wrong doings
Simile
an expressed comparison between two different things using 'like' or 'as'
Soliloquy
a single character on stage thinking out loud (a way of letting the audience know what is in the character's mind)
Tragedy
a serious play having an unhappy ending (ex. Romeo and Juliet)
Tragic Flaw
a character trait that leads one to his/her own downfall or destruction
Dynamic character
a character who grows emotionally, learns a lesson, or alters his or her behavior
Round Character
a character, relatively complex and fully developed
Static character
a character who is simple with few emotions, and labeled as flat
protagonist
main character
antagonist
person or thing opposing the main character
Situational irony
contrast between what a character expects to happen and what actually happens
verbal irony
when someone says one this but means another
third-person limited
narrator who knows only the thoughts of one character
third-person omniscient
narrator who knows the thoughts of all the character
non-fiction
a genre that describe something that really happened
fiction
a genre that describes something that is fake or did not really happen
The four types of conflict
man vs. man, man vs. world, man vs. self, man vs. nature