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Autobiography The story a person writes about his own life memoirs
Biography A written account of a person's life written by some one else; a life history
Flashback When an author interrupts the story and briefly jumps back in time to tell the reader something that happened in the past
Prose Ordinary speech or writing; not poetry or verse
Soliloquy A dramatic speech or monologue in which a character talks aloud to himself, revealing his thoughts or feelings to the audience
Stage Directions the written instructions by the author suggesting movements, actions, and gestures to the actors
Theme an idea, point of view, or perception the author expresses in his work; meaning of a story
Symbolism when an object represents something else
Miracle Play a type of religious drama in the Middle Ages about the lives of saints and martyrs
Morality Play a late Medieval and early Renaissance form of drama using popular legends to teach morals through allegory. Vices and virtues were personified as characters in these plays
Mystery Play a form of drama developed in the Middle Ages from church liturgy and based on Biblical events
Script the text of a play
Comedy a form of drama that has a happy ending
Genre a distinctive classification or category of literature
Renaissance a time of renewed interest in art, literature, and learning in Europe
Tragedy a branch of drama dealing with a serious subject, typically in which a great character experiences downfall or death
Flat Character a one-dimensional character with one primary trait
Round Character a fully developed character with several character attributes
Dialogue the lines spoken by two or more characters in a drama; conversation
Theme an idea, point of view, or perception the author expresses in his work
Setting the mood, time, and place in which a play or story occurs
Cast to select actors for a play; the actors appearing in a play
Exposition the part of a play that introduces or explains the theme and the chief characters of the situation
Complication the part of the play or story where additional problems occur
Crisis the "turning point" of the action in a story or drama
Climax the point of highest interest or intensity
Denouement the final outcome or resolution of a story or drama
Stage the raised platform where plays are performed; to perform a play
Set the stage and scenery for a play
Properties also called props; any article, except costumes or scenery, that is used in a play
House a theater; also the audience of a theater
Prompter one who gives cues to actors
Cue a word or action that tells an actor to begin his speech; to give an actor a signal to begin his speech
Conflict the struggle in the plot of a story
Plot the series of events in a play; the story line
Dramatic Devices techniques a playwright uses to produce a specific feeling or add interest to a play
Dramatic Convention a dramatic device used to create an illusion of reality in a play actually performed on a stage; the "rules" of a play
Aside a dramatic device in which a character makes a short remark or comment to the audience, but is not overheard by any other actor on the stage.
Character Foil a character in a play whose personality contrasts the main character and therefore highlights certain characteristics of that main character
Dramatic Irony when the play's audience knows more information than the characters in the play do
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