Drama and Literary Devices
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What are the 2 types of plays?
tragedy and comedy
depicts serious and important events that end unhappily
ends happily - most are funny, but they may also make us think and question.
usually noble (rich) figures that always have a tragic flaw, which is a personal failing that leads to their downfall (e.g. passion, ambition, rebelliousness, excessive pride)
may be ordinary people instead of nobility - eventually overcome their flaws and achieve happiness; conflict is usually romantic.
What are the 2 things that a play includes?
characters and stage directions
playwright describes setting and actions; usually indicated by brackets and italicized words.
conversation between characters
a long speech by one character to one or more other characters
a speech by a character alone onstage, speaking to him/herself or to the audience
spoken by a character to the audience; dialogue that is not supposed to be heard by the other characters onstage
A reference to a historical or literary figure, event, or object - stimulates ideas, associations, and extra info in the reader's mind
a character that sets off or illuminates the main character, usually to create a contrast that is favorable to the main character
in Ancient Greek drama, a group of people singing, chanting, or dancing to convey information about the play, particularly an emotion about the action or characters
aka conceit - metaphor that is sustained or developed through a considerable number of lines
aka sarcasm - figure of speech in which what is said is the opposite of what is meant
The reader knows more about the true state of affairs than the characters do.
There's a difference in what the reader/audience is led to expect in a situation and what actually happens.
two words next to each other that mean the opposite
Oxymoron over multiple lines; a statement that contradicts itself
play on words based on the similarity of sound between two words with different meanings
poem consisting of 14 lines, contains 3 quatrains and 1 couplet, each line has 10 syllables
4 lines of poetry with the rhyme scheme abab
2 lines of poetry that rhyme
a line in a sonnet contains 5 sets of stressed and unstressed syllables, unstressed syllable is followed by stressed sylalble
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