Literary Terms 1 Flashcards Preview

Eng 12AP/CC > Literary Terms 1 > Flashcards

Flashcards in Literary Terms 1 Deck (10):
0

Hubris

-Excessive pride or self confidence that leads protagonist to disregard divine warming/violate an important law

1

Catharsis

Purgation of emotions of pity/fear by audience at the end of a tragedy

2

Reversal (peripeteia)

Sudden reversal of a situation

3

Deus ex machina

-Latin for "god out of a machine"
-In Greek drama, use of god lowered by mechanism to reduce hero

4

Poetic justice

-Good are rewarded and evil are punished
-Greek drama: takes ironic twist in that punishment fits e

5

Hamartia

-Action or error in judgment that results from tragic flaw

6

Dramatic irony

Discrepancy between what a character says/believes and what reader/audience knows to be true

7

Tragic Irony

Form of dramatic irony in tragedies such as Oedipus in which protagonist's words/action return to hurt him/her in end

8

Prologue

Opening speech or dialogue of a play, especially Greek play, gives exposition necessary to follow subsequent action

9

Chorus

-In Greek tragedies, group of people who serve as commentators on characters/events
-Express traditional moral, religious, social attitudes