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Literary Terms plays
2011-01-31 14:32:55
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  1. Act
    a major unit of action in a play, similar to a chapter in a book
  2. Allegory
    • a narrative work or drama in which people, objects, and events stanf for abstract qualities. (ex. Dr. Heidegger's Experiment)
  3. Antagonist
    in a work with an external conflict, the person or force that the protaganist must face
  4. Protagonist
    the main character or heroin in a literary work
  5. Aphorism
    a brief statement, usually one sentence long, that expresses a genreal principle about life
  6. Characterization
    the personality of a character and the techniques used to reveal it
  7. Characterization Methods
    • direct: narrator's own direct comments
    • indirect: physical description, character's own actions, words, thought, and feelings towards other characters
  8. Character
    people, and sometimes animals/creatures, who take part in the action ofa story or novel
  9. Flat Character
    reveals one or two personality traits
  10. Round Character
    shows a variety of traits often complex or contradictory
  11. Static Character
    remains primarily throughout a work
  12. Dynamic Character
    changes during the course of a work because of influence from characters
  13. Dialect
    the distinct form of a language as it is spoken in one geographical are or by a particular social or ethnic group
  14. Epic
    serious, formal style
  15. Foil
    NOUN! a character whose traits contrast with those of another character
  16. Foreshadowing
    a writer's use of hints/clues to indicate events that will occur later in a story; often creates suspense
  17. Irony
    the awareness--- by author, character, or reader---of a contrast or an incongruity between appearances and reality
  18. Verbal Irony
    words that appear to mean one thing but really mean the opposite
  19. Dramatic Irony
    what appears true to a character is not what the audience or reader knows to be true
  20. Situational Irony
    what appears likely to happen is not what actually happens
  21. Pathetic Irony (Pathetic Fallacy)
    literary convention whereby natural phenomena which cannot feel as humans do are described as if they could in sympathy with mood of the speaker, character, or situation
  22. Plot
    the sequence of events in a drama or narrative event
  23. Exposition
    background info that introduces the characters, settings, and situations
  24. Narrative Hook
    the point at which the conflict begins
  25. Rising Action
    leads to the climax
  26. Climax
    point of highest dramatic tension
  27. Falling Action
    presents the results of the climax
  28. Resolution
    final outcome
  29. Satire
    a literary technique that exposes to ridicule the vices of follies of people or societies. May be gentle, witty, mildly abrasive, or bitterly critical.
  30. Setting
    the time and place in which the action occurs
  31. Stage Directions
    instructions for the director, performer, and stage crew, usually in italics
  32. Suspense
    a feeling of curiosity, uncertainty, or dread about what's going to happen next
  33. Theme
    the main idea