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20 terms

Drama Terms Rhonda Crowdis

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protagonist
the main character in a work of fiction
hubris
excessive pride
tragic flaw
the character flaw of a hero that leads to his or her death and destruction.
drama
a story acted out, usually on a stage, by actors and actresses who take the parts of specific characters.
characters
people in the play (also referred to as roles
tragic hero
The protagonist of a tragedy.
dialogue
a conversation between characters in drama
monologue
A long, uninterrupted speech in drama that is spoken by a character in the presence of other characters.
aside
Short speech heard by the audience but not by the other characters.
soliloquy
a speech, usually lengthy, in which a character, usually alone on stage, expresses his or her thoughts aloud.
act
largest division of a play, brought on by a change of locale or abrupt shift of time
scene
a smaller division of a play with no change of locale or abrupt shift of time
conventions
A customary feature of a literary work which may consist of unrealistic devices or procedures that the reader (or audience) agrees to accept
props
the objects and things used onstage during a performance to make the action seem more realistic.
comedy
a literary work which is amusing and ends well
history play
A play based upon the lives of actual historical figures or events. It may have tragic elements.
tragedy
in general, a literary work in which the central character meets an unhappy or disastrous end
catharsis
purging of the audience's emotions as they become involved in the story and react to it emotionally.
pathos
pity for the characters whose lives are destroyed because of the hero's flaw.
awe
mixture of respect and fear for the tragic hero.