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ENGLSIH EXAM

STUDY
PLAY
Alliteration
repetition of initial consonant sounds
Allusion
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
Denotation
the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
Connotation
the implied or associative meaning of a word
Dramatic Monologue
one character on stage giving thoughts and feelings
Foil
a character whose personality and attitude contrast sharply with those of another
Iambic Pentameter
a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllable
Lyric
a short poem of songlike quality
Point of View
the perspective from which a story is told
Satire
language or writing that exposes follies or abuses by holding them up to ridicule
Soliloquy
in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience
Aside
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
Tragedy
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character
Comedy
a humorous form of drama that often includes slapstick and satire
Protagonist
main character
Antagonist
the character who works against the protagonist in the story
Turning Point
the point in a work in which a very significant change occurs
Climax
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
Resolution
End of the story where loose ends are tied up
Assonance
repetition of vowel sounds
Consonance
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
Chiaroscuro
the contrasting of light and darkness
Suspension of Disbelief
The demand made of a theater audience to accept the limitations of staging and supply the details with their imagination.
Arthurian Legend
legends in accordance with King Arthur and his court
Christ Figure
A character who sacrifices self for the good of another.
Direct Characterization
author directly describes character
Indirect Characterization
the writer reveals information about a character and his personality through that character's thought, words, and actions
Tragic Hero
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy
Tragic Flaw
A weakness or limitation of character, resulting in the fall of the tragic hero
Stage Directions
The specific instructions a playwright includes concerning sets, characterization, delivery, etc.
Genre
a kind of literary or artistic work
Comic Relief
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
Bildungsroman
coming of age story
Round Character
this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background
Flat Character
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
Static Character
a character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
Dynamic Character
one whose character changes in the course of the play or story
Quixotic
very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
MLA style
the documentation style maintained by the modern language association
Parenthetical Notation
an expression in parentheses
Hubris
excessive pride
Catharsis
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions