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Literature LCC WGU14

Literature-Notes Chapter 14

Catharsis is defined as which of the following? A release of the emotions of pity and fear
Suspension of disbelief is defined as which of the following? The audience’s willingness to react to events on stage as if they were real
A character whose primary function in a play is to present a contrast to the protagonist is: A foil
Which of the following are the two main methods of characterization in drama? Dialogue and action
Which is the correct order for the parts of a plot? Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, dénouement
Antagonist The character directy opposed to the protagonist. a rival, opponent, or enemy of the protagonist
Antihero a protagonist of a modern play or novel who has the converse of most of the traditional attributes of the hero
Aside a dramatic convention by which an actor directly addresses the audience but is not supposed to be heard by the other actors on the stage
Act a major division of a drama. the major parts of ancient Greek plays distinguised by the appearance of the chorus, generally fell, as Aristotle implies into five parts
Characterization the creation of imaginary persons so that they seem lifelike
Climax a rhetorical term for a rising order of importance in the ideas expressed
Conflict the struggle that grows out of the interplay of two opposing forces. it provides interest, suspense, and tension
Catharsis as being "through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions' but he does not explain what "proper purgation" means. In his time it had both a medical and a religious signification.
Deus ex Machina the employmentof some unexpected and improbable incident to make things turn out right
Denounement Literally, "unknotting." the final unraveling of a plot
Exposition one of the four chief types of composition, the others being argumentation, description, and narration.
Foil literally, a "leaf" of bright metal placed under a jewel to increase its brilliance
Hero the central character in a work. the character who is the focus of interest.
Motivation the reasons, justifications, and explanations for the action of a character. it results from combination of the character's moral nature with the circumstances in which the charater is placed
Monolgue a composition giving the discourse of one speaker
Foreshadowing the presentation of material in a work in such a way that later events are prepared for it can result from the establishment of a mood or atmosphere
Falling Action the second half or resolution of a dramatic plot. it follows the climax, beginning often with a tragic force, exhibits the failing fortunes of the hero and the successful efforts of the counterplayers, and culminates in the catastrophe.
Protagonist the chief character in work. the word was origianlly applied to the "first" actor in early Greek drama.
Pantomime in its broad sense the term means silent action; the form of drmatic activity in which silent motion, gesture, expression, and costume express emotional states or narrative situations
Rising Action a foot in which the last syllable is accented; thusiamb and the anapest, in English the
Reversal the change in fortune for a protagonist
Stock Character conventional character types
Soliloquy a speech delivered while the speaker is alone, calculated to inform the audience of what is passing in the character's mind
Suspense anticipation as to the outcome of events, particularly as they affect a character for whom one has sympathy; it is a major device for securing and maintaining interest.
Scene the division of an act into scenes is somewhat less systematic than the division of the play itself into acts, for there is incomplete agreement about what constitutes a scene
Suspension of disbelief the willingness to withhold questions about truth, accuracy, or probablility in a work
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