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