The Tragedy – LITERARY DEVICES

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Last updated: May 5, 2019

Elizabethan drama
playwrights turnd away from religious subjects and began writing mre sophisticated plays

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

theme
a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

setting
the time and place of a story, arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted,

protagonist
the principal character in a work of fiction

antagonist
A character or force in conflict with the main character

tragic flaw
The character defect that causes the downfall of the protagonist of a tragedy

soliloquy
in drama, a character speaks alone on stage to allow his/her thoughts and ideas to be conveyed to the audience

monologue
a long utterance by one person (especially one that prevents others from participating in the conversation), long speech by one person,

aside
a line spoken by an actor to the audience but not intended for others on the stage

text aids
the numbered explanations that appear with the text

stage directions
notes included in a drama to describe how the work is to be performed or staged

dramatic irony
(theater) irony that occurs when the meaning of the situation is understood by the audience but not by the characters in the play

irony of situation
this refers to a happening that is the opposite of what is expected or intended.

verbal irony
occurs when what is said contradicts what is meant or thought

archetypal
representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned

unrhymed verse
free verse – without rhyme and rhythm

dark imagery
Type of Imagery: language that evokes feelings of the dark, grotesque, fearful, anxious, evil, the unkown…

comic relief
the inclusion of a humorous character or scene to contrast with the tragic elements of a work, thereby intensifying the next tragic event.

external conflict
A character struggles against some outside force: another character, society as a whole, or some natural force

internal conflict
a struggle between opposing needs, desires, or emotions within a single character

plot
the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.

rising action
the series of conflicts or struggles that build a story toward a climax.

climax
the highest point; the greatest moment or event

resolution
The ending to the story that states the final outcome of the conflict and/or what might lie ahead for the characters in the story.

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