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Geesey Drama Unit Terms

STUDY
PLAY
acts and scenes
the basic units of drama
aside
a brief remark in which a character expresses private thoughts to the audience rather than to other characters
blank verse
unrhymed iambic pentameter
comedy
a play with a happy ending; the protagonist wins
protagonist
the good guy
antagonist
the bad guy
dramatic effect
illusion of reality in a play's performance
dramatic irony
occurs when another character(s) and/or the audience know more than one or more characters on stage about what is happening
dramatic monologue
where a character gives a long speech explaining his or her feelings, actions, emotions
enjambment
the continuation of meaning, without pause or break, from one line of poetry to the next
foil
a character who sets off another character by contrast
heroic couplet
two lines of rhyming iambic pentameter
props
movable objects that actors use on stage
pun
a play on words, often achieved through the use of words with similar sounds but different meanings
rhyme scheme
the pattern of rhyme in a poem
sonnet
14 line rhyming poem
satire
form of literature in which irony, sarcasm, and ridicule are employed to attack human vice and folly
script
play's text, containing dialogue and stage directions
sets
constructions indicating where the drama takes place
situational irony
discrepancy between what is expected, as in action or as regards to the situation/setting, and what one would expect to happen
soliloquy
in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience
stage directions
provide details about sets, lighting, sound effects, props, costumes, and acting
synaesthesia
describing one kind of sensation in terms of another, thus mixing senses: "How sweet the sound"
synecdoche
using one part of an object to represent the entire object (for example, referring to a car simply as "wheels")
theme
insight into life, the truth about life or human nature as revealed through a literary work
tragedy
a work in which the protagonist, a person of high degree is engaged in a significant struggle and which ends in ruin or destruction
tragic flaw
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall
verbal irony
occurs when what is said contradicts what is meant or thought