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Act

A major division in a play.

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Antagonist

A character or force against which another character struggles.

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Apron

The part of a proscenium stage that sticks out into the audience in front of the proscenium arch.

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Aside

Words spoken by an actor directly to the audience, but not "heard" by the other characters on stage during a play.

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Blocking

Movement patterns of actors on the stage. Usually planned by the director to create meaningful stage pictures.

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Box set

A set built behind a proscenium arch to represent three walls of a room

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Catharsis

The purging of the feelings of pity and fear.

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Character

An imaginary person that inhabits a literary work.

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Chorus

A traditional chorus in Greek tragedy is a group of characters who comment on the action of a play without participating in it

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Climax

The turning point of the action in the plot of a play and the point of greatest tension in the work.

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Comedy

A dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion

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Comic Relief

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.

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Conflict

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.

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Complication

An intensification of the conflict in a play

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Convention

Literary conventions are defining features or common agreement upon strategies and/or attributes of a particular literary genres.

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Denouement / Resolution

A denouement (or resolution) is the final outcome of the main complication in a play.

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Deus Ex Machina

When an external source resolves the entanglements of a play by supernatural intervention.

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Dialogue

The conversation of characters in a literary work

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Diction

In drama diction can (1) reveal character, (2) imply attitudes, (3) convey action, (4) identify themes, and (5) suggest values.

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Dramatic Irony

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

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Dynamic Character

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.

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Exodos

The final scene and exit of the characters and chorus in a classical Greek play

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Exposition

The characters have to expose the background to the action indirectly while talking in the most natural way

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Falling Action

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

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Flashback

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

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Flat Characters

Flat characters in a play are often, but not always, relatively simple minor characters

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Foil

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

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Foreshadowing

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

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Fourth Wall

The imaginary wall that separates the spectator/audience from the action taking place on stage

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Gesture

The physical movement of a character during a play