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Drama Terms

Drama Terms to use with Romeo and Juliet

Blank Verse unrhymed iambic pentameter
Dialogue conversation between characters
Stage Directions comments that provide information about the dialogue, setting, and action of a play
Exposition the first stage of plot where background information is presented
Tragedy any literary composition dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion
Comedy a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending
Turning Point a change in the plot
Denouement the end
Prologue the introduction of a play
rhyming couplet two rhyming lines
Pun a play on words
Soliloquey a character alone on stage with his or her thoughts
Foil a character who contrasts or parallels the main character
Aside a secret heard by the audience but not by the other characters in the play
Monologue a long speech when an audience and characters on stage are listening
Conventions ideas that the audience just accepts
Dramatic Irony the audience understands more than the characters do
Comic Relief a lightening of the mood to break up a succession of tragic moments
Protagonist the main character
Antagonist the force/character in conflict with the protagonist
Catastrophy the action at the end of a tragedy that initiates the denouement
Chorus a group of characters that comment on a play without participating in it
Quatrain a four line stanza in a poem
Tragic Flaw a weakness or limitation of character, resulting in the fall of the tragic hero
Tragic Hero A privileged character who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering.
Shakespearean Sonnet 14 line poem written in iambic pentameter with a rhyme scheme of ABABCDCDEFEFGG
Iambic Pentameter a line of verse that is ten syllables and the stress falls on every second syllable
Created by: klbelcher