repetition of initial consonant sounds
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
the implied or associative meaning of a word
one character on stage giving thoughts and feelings
a character whose personality and attitude contrast sharply with those of another
a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllable
a short poem of songlike quality
Point of View
the perspective from which a story is told
language or writing that exposes follies or abuses by holding them up to ridicule
in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character
a humorous form of drama that often includes slapstick and satire
the character who works against the protagonist in the story
the point in a work in which a very significant change occurs
Most exciting moment of the story; turning point
End of the story where loose ends are tied up
repetition of vowel sounds
the repetition of consonants (or consonant patterns) especially at the ends of words
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.
legends in accordance with King Arthur and his court
A character who sacrifices self for the good of another.
author directly describes character
the writer reveals information about a character and his personality through that character's thought, words, and actions
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
A weakness or limitation of character, resulting in the fall of the tragic hero
The specific instructions a playwright includes concerning sets, characterization, delivery, etc.
a kind of literary or artistic work
A humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood
coming of age story
this character is fully developed - the writer reveals good and bad traits as well as background
a character who embodies a single quality and who does not develop in the course of a story
a character that does not change from the beginning of the story to the end
one whose character changes in the course of the play or story
very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
the documentation style maintained by the modern language association
an expression in parentheses
(psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
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