drama_terms

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2012-05-21 19:34:39
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English Drama Theatre Terms
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A set of terms used to describe theatrical works. Define.
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  1. Dramatic Irony
    Audience has important information that characters in a literary work do not have.
  2. Dialogue
    Conversation between two characters.
  3. Soliliquy
    A long speech spoken by a character in a dramatic work, usually alone onstange. Normally this reveals the inner thoughts and emotions of the character.
  4. Monologue
    A long speech expressing thought by one character to another character.
  5. Aside
    A comment made by a character to only some characters, or to the audience.
  6. Pun
    Humorous use of a word with two meanings.
  7. Dialect
    Variation of standard language spoken by a group of people of a particular region.
  8. Stage Directions
    Written instructions that explain how a character should act.
  9. Prose
    • Ordinary writing that is not poetry, drama, or song.
    • -In Shakespeare's plays, only characters of a lower social class speak in prose.
  10. Meter
    • A pattern of stressed and unstressed syllables that give a line of poetry a predictable rhythm.
    • -The unit of measurement within a line is called a foot.
  11. Iambic Pentameter
    A meter made of 5 iambic feet to a line or verse.
  12. Blank Verse
    Lines of dramatic verse written in unrhymed iambic pentameter.
  13. Apostrophe
    • A figure of speech in which an absent person, a personified inanimate being, or an abstraction is addressed as though being present.
    • Ex. "O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?"
  14. Satire
    Writing that expresses or ridicules the vices or follies of people or societies.

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