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Literary Glossary


The lines spoken by an actor that the other characters on stage supposedly can not hear; an aside usually hares the character's inner thoughts with the audience. Aside
The part of the theater where the actors prepare to go onstage, where the scenery is kept, and so on. Backstage
The entire company of actors performing in a play. Cast
A fictional person or creature in a story or play. Character
The outcome of the main conflict of a play or novel. Climax
A funny play, film or TV show that has a happy ending. Comedy
The struggle between characters, forces or ideas at the center of a story. Conflict
The words spoken by the characters in a novel or play. Dialogue
A story usually not a comedy, especially written to be performed by actors in a play or movie. Drama
It is something that happens; a specific occurrence. Event
Colorful wording that is not meant to be taken literally, but is used to form a colorful, sharp picure in one's mind. Figurative Language
A short reading that presents and explains a novel or play. Introduction
The internal or external force that makes a character do something. Motive
A section of a written work that ranges from one line to several paragraphs. Passage
The author of a play Playwright
The chain of events in a story or play that leads to its final outcome Plot
The mental position from which a character sees the events of the story unfold. Point of View
An introduction to a play that comes before the first act. Prologue
A passage quoted; the exact words spoken by a character; the words set-off by quotation marks Quotation
The part that an actor performs in a play. Role
The time-order in which story events take place. Sequence
Where and when the story events take place. Setting
A speech in a play in which a character tells his or her thoughts to the audience; as if talking to himself or herself. Soliloquy
A person or thing that stands for or represents something else. Symbol
The central meaning of a play or novel; the main idea. Theme
A serious play with a sad ending. Tragedy
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