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Act

division of a play

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Antagonist

opposes the protagonist

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aside

a remark by a character only heard by the audience

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catharsis

“purging of emotion”- any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration.

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Character (dynamic, flat, round, static, stock)

Roles
Dynamic: experiences an inner change
Flat: 2-dimensional, support character
Round- Complex personality
Static- stays constant over course of text, does not change
Stock-- common literary character or stereotype

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climax

the peak of action in the book, usually a turning point
(see plot diagram)

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comic relief

inclusion of humorous character, scene, or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work (relieves tension)

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conflict

(see plot diagram)

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Denouement

the resolution
(see plot diagram)

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deus ex machina

“god from machine”- a contrived plot device

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epilogue

short poem or speech spoken directly to audience after the action of the play is finished

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exposition

(see plot diagram)

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falling action

(see plot diagram)

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foil

contrasting character used to highlight particular qualities of the other character (usually a main character)

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hero

main character, often with heroic qualities

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Verbal Irony

when a person says one thing but means the opposite

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Dramatic Irony

D- when the audience knows something that the characters do not

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Situational Irony

S- a situation in which the outcome is different than what is expected

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monologue

a speech given by an actor on stage, usually when alone

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prologue

a separate introductory section of a play

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protagonist

main character

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Rising action

(see plot diagram)

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scene

division of acts

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soliloquy

a speech given by an actor alone on stage-- reveals character’s inner thoughts/feelings

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tragedy

When main character is brought to ruin or suffers extreme sorrow, often as a result of tragic flaw

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Tragic flaw/Hamartia

a flaw that brings main character to ruin (often pride)

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pun

a play on words-- when words sound alike but have different meanings

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malapropism

mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often unintentionally amusing