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2 Tragedy  A drama that ends in catastrophe—most often death— for the main characters.

3 Tragic Hero  The protagonist, or central character— the one with whom audiences identify  Usually falls or dies because of a character flaw or a cruel twist of fate  Often has a high rank or status; shows strength while facing his or her destiny

4 Foil  Is a character whose personality and attitude contrast sharply with those of another character  Highlights both characters’ traits—for example, a timid character can make a talkative one seem even chattier

5 Soliloquy  Is a speech given by a character alone on stage  Lets the audience know what the character is thinking or feeling

6 Aside  Is a character’s remark, either to the audience or to another character, that others on stage do not hear  Reveals the character’s private thoughts

7 Dramatic Irony  Is when the audience knows more than the characters—for example, the audience is aware of Romeo and Juliet’s tragic demise long before characters face it  Helps build suspense

8 Comic Relief  Is a humorous scene or speech intended to lighten the mood  Serves to heighten the seriousness of the main action by contrast

9 Allusion  An indirect reference to a famous person, place, event, or literary work.

10 Stage Directions  Instructions that are usually printed in italic type  Serve as a guide to directors, set and lighting designers, performers, and readers

11 Pun  A joke that comes from a play on words

12 Insult  A disrespectful or scornfully abusive remark or action.  Shakespearean examples: biting one’s thumb at another is like flipping someone off

13 Oxymoron  A special kind of concise paradox that brings together two contradictory terms (i.e. “loving hate”).

14 Sonnet  A lyric poem of 14 lines, commonly written in iambic pentameter  The Shakespearean, or Elizabethan, sonnet consists of three quatrains, or four-line units, and a final couplet.


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