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Title: Dramatic Literary Terms


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Dramatic Literary Terms
  • Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer
    Nights Dream

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Comedy and Tragedy
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blank verse
  • poetry written in unrhymed iambic pentameter

4
catastrophe
  • the action of the end of a tragedy that initiates
    the dénouement or falling action

5
catharsis
  • the purging of the feelings of pity and fear
    that, according to Aristotle, occur in the
    audience of tragic drama

6
character
  • a character is a person or an animal who takes
    part in the action of a literary work (round
    many different traits flat only one trait)

7
comedy
  • a literary work, especially a play, that has a
    happy ending

8
dramatic personae
  • Latin for the characters or personas in a play

9
dramatic monologue
  • a poem or speech in which a fictional character
    addresses the listener

10
foil
  • a character who provides a contrast to another
    character (in RJ the fiery Tybalt is a foil for
    the good-natured Benvolio)

11
iambic pentameter
  • a common meter in poetry consisting of an
    unrhymed line with five feet or accents, each
    foot containing an unaccented syllable and an
    accented syllable (translation ten beats per
    line, stress on every other beat)

12
pathos
  • a quality of a plays actions that stimulates the
    audience to feel pity for a character (pathos is
    always an aspect of tragedy and sometimes an
    aspect of comedy)

13
plot (elements in Shakespearean drama)
  • the sequence of events in a literary work
    (exposition, exciting force, rising action,
    climax, falling action, catastrophe)

14
sonnet
  • a fourteen-line lyric poem, usually written in
    rhymed iambic pentameter with a specific rhyme
    scheme

15
stage directions
  • notes included in a drama to describe how the
    work is to be performed or staged

16
in addition
  • in addition to the terms within this PowerPoint,
    students are responsible for the Glossary of
    Terms handout and a review of last semesters
    literary devices (on wiki at itsmillertime.pbworks
    .com), especially antagonist, dialogue, and
    protagonist
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