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Antagonist

Works against the protagonist, and this friction or tension creates the conflict in the storyline and motivates them to hurt the protagonist.

Ex. Dr. Doofenshmirtz

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Protagonist

Has the central role in a dramatic script, and is motivated by a goal, need, or desire.

Ex. Perry the Platypus

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Tragic flaw

The character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy.

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Comedy

Any lighthearted or humorous literacy work

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Tragi-comedy

In which the the dialogue and actions of characters provide insight into complicated issues, such as love, relationships or death.

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Round Charatcter

A main character that's fully developed and complex, that changes throughout the play.

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Romantic comedy

In which a sympathetic main character maneuvers through pitfalls of love resulting in a humorous situation.

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Comic relief

Is a technique used by playwrights to relieve the seriousness pr emotional intensity of a literary work

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Motif

Is a recurring element in one or more works of literature

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Script

A written form of a play

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Minor character

Characters that play lesser roles in a drama, characters that are flat and lack complexity and typically remain unchanged

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Foil

Minor characters whose personalities serve to highlight the weakness or the main character or tragic hero.

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Dialogue

Is a conversation between two or more characters

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Monologue

Is a long speech made by one character.

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Aside

A character pulls the audience aside to reveal his or her innermost thoughts and feelings about a topic

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Soliloquy

Speech delivered by a character alone on stage that reveals the characters thoughts and feelings

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Theater of the absurd

Characters are unpredictable, situations are improbable or meaning less and dialogue is filled with wordplay.

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What is the different between an Act and a Scene play?

Acts are the major divisions of a play, but they are often divided into scenes that mark a change

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What is a tragedy? A comedy?

A tragedy describes both a play about the downfall of a sympathetic character or protagonist and a story with an unhappy ending. A comedy is any lighthearted or humorous literary work.

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What is the purposes of drama?

•entertain viewers
•enlighten viewers by sharing the human condition
•help viewers gain insight into themselves and others
•teach viewers empathy
•allow viewers to explore other visions of the world

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What are the 4 types of dramatic speech?

Dialogue, monologue, soliloquy and aside

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What is a motif?

A recurring element in one or more works of literature or art.

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Why does a writer include stage direction in plays? What does it help to describe?

They describe how a play should be presented or preformed.
Describes: setting, lighting, costume, action and emotion.

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What is a script

A written form of a play

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Is Romeo and Juliet a comedy or a tragedy?

Tragedy

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What are some descriptions of tragic flaws?

Arrogance, pride/hubris, jealous, ambition/power, stubbornness, greed, indecisiveness, inaction, gullibility, hypocrisy, anger, vengefulness.

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What are the parts of a 5-part play?

1.Exposition/Introduction
2.Rising Action
3.Climax/Crisis
4.Falling Action
5.Resolution/Denouement

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What is the difference between a soliloquy and an aside?

A soliloquy is a speech delivered by a character alone on stage that reveals the character's thoughts and feelings. An aside pulls the audience aside to reveal his or her innermost thoughts and feelings on a topic.

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When did William Shakespeare lead a revival in drama?

During the English Renaissance

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What is satire? Who was it typically used against?

A satire is the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose people's stupidity or vices.

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What do we learn about characters when we watch them on stage in a play?

We learn their personalities, motives, emotional states, relationships, attitudes, and life experiences.

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What are different types of comedies?

Comedy of manners, farce, satire, romantic comedy

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Why does a play writer organize his/her play into 5 parts?

Because they follow the organization of a plot structure for a work of fiction

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What are the differences between major and minor characters?

Major characters: play important roles, round characters, undergo a change throughout the drama.
Minor characters: flat, lack complexity & typically remain unchanged.

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Why did Shakespeare utilize the character of Juliet's nurse to provide comic relief in Romeo and Juliet?

He did this to relive the tension of the story