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Describe tragedy

1. Characters: individuals(hamlet)
2. Plot is about: the downfall of the protagonist due to a fatal character flaw and crushing events
3. Plot is driven: iron, fate, unavoidable calamity, irresistible undoing.
4. Plot structure: a steady and logical accumulation of snowballing events
5. Story resolved/ ends: a death, separation, or an undoing
6. Story seems like: a moment crystallized in time to horrid to be forgotten, so let it be a less onto us all....

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Describe comedy

1. Character: types ("wicked stepmother")
2. Plot is about: laughable, amusing people, caught up in error(lovesick) or confusion(frog prince) that does not result in pain off death
3. Plot is driven: improbability, blind, luck, happy chance
4. Plot structure: jumble of events that "pop-up" and are strung together like pearl necklaces
5. Story resolved/ends: things coming together(marriage) merrily ever after
6. Story seems like: a timeless situation that could happen, albeit(though) with different people, anytime, any place just like that...

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Define comedy

Intended to amuse and provoke laughter

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Define comedy of manners

Pits 2 opposing sides of society (powerless youth and social conventions)

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Define parody or satire

Persons or institution are depicted as ridiculous and corrupt

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Define "screwball" comedy

Bizarre characters and improbable events

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Define "black" comedy

That laughs at the darker elements of human nature

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Define "Romance" comedy

Focuses on the foil led if those falling in love ("rom-com")

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Define tragedy

The protagonist, some one of importance and outstanding personal qualities, falls to disaster through the combination of circumstance ps with which he cannot deal

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Define medieval tragedy

From boom to bust be an unpredictable turn of the "wheel of fortune"

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Define Senecan tragedy

(Ancient) written to be recited not acted

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Define revenge tragedy

Tales of murder, revenge, ghosts, mutilation, and carnage

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Define domestic tragedy

(Modern) middle or lower class protagonist suffers from a common place or domestic disaster

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Define epic tragedy

Dramatic interpretation of decisive historic events

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