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1 Drama Terms Romeo & Juliet

2 Act A main division of a drama.
Shakespeare’s plays consist of five acts with each act subdivided into scenes.

3 Scene A small unit of a play in which there is no shift of locale or time.

4 Chorus Sets the scene, introducing the play or act, and giving the audience background or other information. The chorus often appears as the prologue.

5 Prologue The introduction to a literary work. It often sets the scene and gives background information for the story.

6 Aside A brief remark made by a character and intended to be heard by the audience but not by other characters.

7 Monologue A speech in a play that is spoken in the presence of other characters.

8 Soliloquy A speech given by a character alone on the stage.
The purpose of a soliloquy is to let the audience know what the character is thinking and feeling.

9 Tragedy A drama of human conflict which ends in defeat and suffering.
Often the main character has a tragic flaw which leads to his or her destruction.

10 Poetry A heightened form of language produced through rhythm and sound.

11 Prose normal, everyday language and writing

12 Iambic Pentameter Unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (iamb) 10 syllables total

13 Blank Verse Verse written in iambic pentameter without end rhyme

14 Allusion A reference to a literary or historical person or event to explain a present situation.

15 Pun A play on words

16 Irony A contrast between what is and what appears to be.

17 Verbal Irony Contrast in which a character says one thing and means another.

18 Dramatic Irony Contrast in which the audience knows what the characters do not.

19 Paradox A statement which seems to contradict itself, but is at the same time logical. Example: So foul and fair a day I have not seen.” Macbeth

20 Foil A character who contrasts with another character, usually the protagonist, and in so doing, makes the personality of the other stand out

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