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Aside

A remark or passage in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but is supposed to be unheard by the other characters in the play.

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Soliloquy

An act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.

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Symbolism

The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

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Motif

A recurring theme or idea

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Foreshadow

Be a warning or indication of (a future event)

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Resolution

When a problem or continuous matter is solved in the play

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Climax

The most intense, exciting, or important point of the novel

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Catharsis

The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.

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Hamartia

A fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero.

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Peripeteia

A sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances.

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Iambic Pentameter

A line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable. Typically used in Shakespeare's plays

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Pathetic Fallacy

The attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things or animals (usually the weather)

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Protagonist

The leading character or one of the major characters in the play

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Dramatic irony

Irony that is inherent in speeches or a situation of a drama and is understood by the audience but not grasped by the characters in the play.