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WGU-IWC1 4.06

Vocabulary for Module 4.06 (Theater)

melodrama drama with exaggerated characters and plot intended to appeal to the emotions
comedy a work of theater wherein the sympathetic main characters experience a happy ending
exposition an opening which introduces the characters and their circumstances, the setting, the mood, and the situation, giving the audience information essential for understanding the story
discovery the moment when the main character becomes aware of an essential truth about himself or his situation; also called recognition
mise-en-scène the visual elements of drama
verisimilitude the appearance of truth or reality in theater (stage set, dialogue, etc.)
aside a monologue delivered with another character present
suspension of disbelief an audience's willingness to accept events onstage as true or plausible during a performance
tragic flaw a defect in the hero's character
Theater of Alienation dramatic genre associated with Bertold Brecht which sought to create emotional distance by highlighting artificiality of the theater, so the audience would watch objectively and focus on ideas
performance art a type of experimental theater that bridges the disciplines of theater and the visual arts
denouement moment when a drama's action comes to its proper conclusion and a resolution is near
theater the art of writing and producing plays, a collaborative medium of artistic expression
foreshadowing the deliberate introduction of information (verbally, visually or otherwise) suggesting an event that will take place later in the story
complication middle section of a drama where conflicts inherent in the situation are elaborated and developed, and dramatic tension builds until a moment of maximum intensity and interest, called the climax
subtext unstated motivations, ideas, or tensions beneath the surface of a drama's text
tragedy a drama with a unpleasant ending, generally involving the downfall of a flawed protagonist, which often involves catharsis
Theater of Cruelty dramatic genre which assaults the senses through shocking scenes with a goal of alienation and entertainment
farce a comedy characterized by broad often physical humor, superficial characters, and improbable situations
catharsis the purging of a spectator's strong emotions through experiencing tragedy; Aristotle's concept
Unities neoclassical requirements for theater: unity of time; unity of place; and unity of action
aesthetic distance an audience's detachment or non-involvement with the characters or situation that allows for contemplation or reflection
chorus in Greek drama, a group of actors who comment on the action and provide society's view of the events
drama the enduring literary component of theater
protagonist the main, and most important, character of a drama; Aristotle saw this character as one who chooses, learns, and changes
deus ex machina the resolution of a plot by use of a highly improbable chance or coincidence; in Latin, "god from the machine"
soliloquy speech by the character in a drama expressing his or her inmost thoughts, heard by the audience but not by any other character
suspense in drama, the creation of anticipation
low comedy comedy which is often vulgar, rude, coarse and physical
high comedy comedy which is subtle, sophisticated, tasteful and intellectual
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