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ELA- Terms

Play Terms

Act a major division in the action of a play 1 2 & 3 act plays are most common today. A change in an Act is often represented on stage by curtains closing its going out or on intermission.
Aside Words spoken to the Audience by a character in a drama that are not supposed to be heard by the other characters on stage; it is you still at the audience audience know that a character is thinking
Character A figure who undertakes the action of the plot. Characters must be whole image is rather than stick figures with the attributes feeling and expectations of real.
Protagonist Main character the hero. This character is usually the most interesting and sympathetic and is involved in the conflict driving the plot.
Antogonist A character or a force such as nature or Society in conflict with the protagonist.
Climax The point at which the conflict explodes the climax is a moment of Maximum tension I wish a continuation of the conflict it's impossible and shows some sort of change.
Conflict A struggle between opposing forces
Dialogue spoken interchange or conversation between two or more characters, or, Loosely defined, the speech of a single character. Dialogue is a language that reveals character and furthers a plot. Dialogue is sometimes contrasted with action
Drama Dialogue in actions performed by actors, people name the characters of the story. Sometimes contrasting with comedies, dramas can include comedic elements but usually have a more serious conflict and do not always end happy.
Flashback A scene that occurred before the present time in the story, and it provides information about what is currently happening in the play.
Foreshadowing Hints, delivered through the characters lines and/or actions.
Monologue A speech or portion of a play in which only one character speaks, oftentimes monologue are used in auditions.
Mood The feeling the reader gets from literature.
Plot What happens, the sequence of events that take place in a story.
Subplot A second plot connected to but also clearly subordinated to main plot.
Double Plot A dramatic structure in which two related plots function simultaneously.
Resolution The conclusion or ending of a play.
Scene Division of an act of a play. Each act is broken up into scenes. They are numbered.
Setting The particular time and place in which the play takes place.
Soliloquy The speech delivered by one character while they are alone on the stage.
Tone The playwriters attitude toward the characters and situations in the script
Stage Directions Information included in the script bu the playwright which provides physical description of characters, physiological description of characters, characters action on stage, descriptions of the settings
Theme The plays central idea. Its underlined meaning. Its main message.
Dynamic character One who changes in some significant way during the course of the play.
Static character One who does not change in any significant way during the course of a play
Flat character One who shows only 1 or 2 traits or features
Round character One who is a well developed a character seen from all sides, that is to say, in the round.
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