English Final

  1. Tragicomedy
    a mixture of tragedy and comedy, usually a play with serious happenings which expose the characters to the threat of death, but which ends happily.
  2. Tragic flaw
    a supposed weakness (for example arrogance) in the tragic protagonist.
  3. Tradegy
    a serious play showing the protagonist moving from good fortune to bad, and ending in death or deathlike state.
  4. Soliloquy
    a speech in the play, in which a character, alone on the stage, speaks his or her thoughts aloud.
  5. Setting
    the time and place of a story, play, or poem ( for example a Texas town in winter)
  6. Scene
    a unit of a play, in which the setting is unchanged and the time continuous.
  7. Peripeteia
    a reversal in the action
  8. Melodrama
    a narrative usually in dramatic form, involving threatening situations but ending happily. The characters are usually stock figures ( virtuous heroine, villainous landlord)
  9. Hybris
    a Greek word usually translated as "overweening pride," "arrogance," "excessive ambition," and often said to be characteristic of tragic figures.
  10. Hamartia
    a flaw in a tragic hero or an error made by the tragic hero.
  11. Foil
    a character who makes contrast with another, especially a minor character who helps set off a major character.
  12. Exposition
    A setting- forth of information, in drama, introductory material introducing characters and the situation.
  13. Episode
    an incident or scene which has unity in itself but is also a part of a larger action.
  14. Dialouge
    exchange of words between characters; speech.
  15. Deus ex machina
    literally "a god out of machine "; any unexpected and artificial way of resolving the plot.
  16. Denoument
    the resolution or the outcome( literally the "unknotting") of a plot.
  17. Crisis
    A high point in the conflict, which leads to a turning point.
  18. Conflict
    a struggle between a character and some obstacle, for example, another character, fate, or between internal forces such as divided loyalties.
  19. Comedy
    A literary work especially a play characterized by humor and by a happy ending.
  20. Climax
    the culmination of a conflict; a turning point, often a point of grearest tension in the plot.
  21. Closet Drama
    written as not to be performed. Read aloud only.
  22. Catharsis
    Aristotle's term for the purgation or purification of the pity and terror supposedly experienced while witnessing a tradegy. cleanse the emotions.
  23. Catastrophe
    the concluding action, especially in a tradegy.
  24. Aside
    a remark spoken in the presence of others (by convention) assumed not to be heard by them.
  25. Reversal
    a change in fortune, often ironic twist
  26. Action
    the happenings in a narrative or drama, usually physical events.(A marries B, C kills B), but also mental changes (X moves from innocence to experience) in short, the answer to "what harppens?"
  27. Act
    A major division of a play.
  28. Resolution
    the denoument or untying of the complication of the plot. How the play resolves.
  29. Rising Action
    In the story or play, the events that lead up to the climax.
  30. Antagonist
    A character or force which opposes the main character.
  31. Protagonist
    the chief actor in a literary work. Evolves around this character.
  32. Plot
    the episodes in a narrative or dramatic work- that is, what happens- or the particular arrangement (sequence) of these episodes.
  33. Drama
    a prose or verse composition, especially one telling a serious story, written for or as if for performance by actors; play.
  34. what is the definition of Motif?
    the recurring ideas or thoughts which act as a unifying idea, and it is sometimes developed as commentary on characterization or on the ideas in a literary work.
  35. the first native comedy was?
    The Contrast
  36. The first native tradegy was?
    Prince of parthia
  37. greek and roman drama arose from where?
    religious ceromonies
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