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is a story enacted onstage for a live audience.
The use of words in which the intended meaning is the opposite of what is expected.
A dramatic device in which a character says or does something that they do not fully understand but is understood by the audience. (Where the audience (or reader) knows something that the character does not know.)
The use of words in which the intended meaning is contrary to the literal meaning.
In other words, saying the opposite of what you mean.
A literary technique for implying, through plot or character, that the actual situation is quite different from the presented.
The result or ending is the opposite of what is expected.
A bitter form of irony, intended to taunt or hurt.
The author overtly states the theme somewhere within the work.
The author tells the reader what the theme is.
Refers to the author's ability to construct a play (or story) in such a way that through inference the reader understand the work and theme.
The author leaves it up to the reader to infer what the theme is.
is a play that ends unhappily.
a personal bad quality that leads to a tragic end
The protagonist of most classical tragedies.
is a play that ends happily.
Playwright describes setting and characters' actions and manner.
are items that the characters carry or handle onstage.
conversations of characters onstage
A dramatic convention in which a speech is given by a single character , either alone or to others.
speech by a character alone onstage to himself or herself or to the audience "talking to oneself."
remarks made to the audience or to one character; the other characters onstage do not hear an aside
is a character in literature who has qualities that are in sharp contrast to another character, this emphasizing the traits of each.
refers to hints in the text about what will occur later in the plot.
is exaggeration that is not meant to be taken literally.
is a play on words that have similar sounds but more than one possible spelling or meaning.
is a phrase with contradicting meanings to convey a single idea or thought. "O loving hate."