Flashcards in Dramatic Devices Deck (61)
A major division in a play.
A character or force against which another character struggles.
The part of a proscenium stage that sticks out into the audience in front of the proscenium arch.
Words spoken by an actor directly to the audience, but not "heard" by the other characters on stage during a play.
Movement patterns of actors on the stage. Usually planned by the director to create meaningful stage pictures.
A set built behind a proscenium arch to represent three walls of a room
The purging of the feelings of pity and fear.
An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work.
A traditional chorus in Greek tragedy is a group of characters who comment on the action of a play without participating in it
The turning point of the action in the plot of a play and the point of greatest tension in the work.
A dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion
Comic relief serves a specific purpose: it gives the spectator a moment of “relief” with a light-hearted scene, after a succession of intensely tragic dramatic moments.
The conflict between opposing forces in a play can be external (between characters) or internal (within a character) and is usually resolved by the end of the play.
An intensification of the conflict in a play
Literary conventions are defining features or common agreement upon strategies and/or attributes of a particular literary genres.
Denouement / Resolution
A denouement (or resolution) is the final outcome of the main complication in a play.
Deus Ex Machina
When an external source resolves the entanglements of a play by supernatural intervention.
The conversation of characters in a literary work
In drama diction can (1) reveal character, (2) imply attitudes, (3) convey action, (4) identify themes, and (5) suggest values.
A device in which a character holds a position or has an expectation reversed or fulfilled in a way that the character did not expect but that the audience or readers have anticipated because their knowledge of events or individuals is more complete than the character’s
Undergoes an important change in the course of the play- not changes in circumstances, but changes in some sense within the character in question -- changes in insight or understanding or changes in commitment, or values.
The final scene and exit of the characters and chorus in a classical Greek play
The characters have to expose the background to the action indirectly while talking in the most natural way
This is when the events and complications begin to resolve themselves and tension is released. We learn whether the conflict has or been resolved or not
An interruption of a play's chronology (timeline) to describe or present an incident that occurred prior to the main time-frame of the play's action
Flat characters in a play are often, but not always, relatively simple minor characters
A secondary character whose situation often parallels that of the main character while his behavior or response or character contrasts with that of the main character, throwing light on that particular character’s specific temperament
Foreshadowing is a literary technique that introduces an apparently irrelevant element is introduced early in the story; its significance becomes clear later in the play
The imaginary wall that separates the spectator/audience from the action taking place on stage