Terms and Definition: Drama

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Last updated: May 14, 2019
Aside
A dramatic convention by which an actor directly addresses the audience but it is not supposed to be heard by the other actors on the stage.

Blank verse
Poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter

Comedy
A literary work which ends happily because the hero or heroine is able to overcome obstacles and get what he or she wants.

Dialogue
Communication between two or more people

Foil
A character who is in most ways opposite to the main character (protagonist) or one who is nearly the same as the protagonist. The purpose of the foil character is to emphasize the traits of the main character by contrast only

Greek chorus
a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play

Heroic couplet
a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentamenter and written in an elevated style

Lambic pentameter
a line of poetry that contains five iambic feet; an iamb is a foot consisting of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented syllable

Irony
A contrast or discrepancy between what is stated and what is really meant, or between what is expected to happen and what actually does happen.

Monologue
A long speech in a play or story, delivered by a single person (see soliloquy).

Soliloquy
LITERARY OR DRAMATIC SPEECH BY ONE CHARACTER, NOT ADDRESSED TO OTHERS

Tragedy
A serious form of drama dealing with the downfall of a heroic or noble character

Tragic flaw
the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall

Tragic hero
A literary character who makes an error of judgment or has a fatal flaw that, combined with fate and external forces, brings on a tragedy

Tragic illumination
when the impact of a tragedy is revealed or felt

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