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BrenhamEngII Drama

Brenham English II Drama Terms

Act one of the main divisions of a play or opera
Alliteration repetition of initial consonant sounds
Allusion reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art
Antagonist character or force in conflict with a main character or protagonist
Anticlimax turning point that is a letdown; point which audience or reader learns the story will not turn out in a way that completely resolves the conflict or satisfies the audience.
Aside short speech delivered by a character in a play in order to express his or her thoughts and feelings; presumed not to be heard by the other characters.
Assonance repetition of vowel sounds followed by different consonants in two or more stressed syllables. Hear the mellow wedding bells
Atmosphere the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage.
Blank Verse unrhymed iambic pentameter. Widely used by Shakespeare
Characterization the act of creating and developing a character Can be direct or indirect
Comedy literary work that has a happy ending. Often portray ordinary characters in conflict with society.
Conflict struggle between opposing forces; the basis for a story
Couplet a pair of rhyming lines, usually of the same length and meter.
Dialogue conversation between characters that may reveal their traits and advance the action
Drama a story written to be performed by actors, script made up of dialogue and stage directions
Figurative language writing or speech not meant to be interpreted literally, often used to crate vivid impressions by setting up comparisons between dissimilar things.
Imagery descriptive language used in literature to create word pictures, uses details of sight, sound, taste, touch, smell, or movement.
Irony the general term for literary techniques that portray differences between appearance and reality, or expected result.
Verbal words used suggest the opposite of what is said
Dramatic contradiction between what a character thinks and what the reader or audience knows to be true.
Situational event directly contradicts the expectation of the characters, reader, or audience.
Monologue in a play, a long speech by one character that, unlike a soliloquy, is addressed to another character or characters.
Oral tradition the retelling or songs, stories, and poems passed orally, or by spoken word, from generation to generation
Oxymoron a combination of words that contradict each other ex: “deafening silence” “honest thief” “bittersweet”
Protagonist the main character in a literary work that must overcome the conflict
Setting time and place of action, can include historical time period, specific year, season, or time of day. Place can be geographical place ( a region, country, state, or town) and can include social, economic, or cultural environment
Simile figure of speech in which the words like or as are used to compare two apparently dissimilar items.
Soliloquy a long speech expressing the thoughts of a character alone on stage.
Stage directions notes included in a drama to describe how the work is to be performed or staged. Printed in italics and are not spoken aloud. Describe sets, lighting, sound effects, appearance, personalities and movements of characters.
Theme central message or insight into life revealed through a literary work.
Tragedy A work of literature, especially a play, that tells of a catastrophe, a disaster or great misfortune, for the main character.
Created by: ethibodeaux2