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Plot storyline. the plan, scheme, or main story of a literary or dramatic work, as a play, novel, or short story  
Syntax the study of the patterns of formation of sentences and phrases from words  
Diction the accent, inflection, intonation, and speech-sound quality manifested by an individual speaker, usually judged in terms of prevailing standards of acceptability; enunciation.  
Ambiguity an unclear, indefinite, or equivocal word, expression, meaning  
Suspense a state or condition of mental uncertainty or excitement, as in awaiting a decision or outcome, usually accompanied by a degree of apprehension or anxiety  
Irony the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning  
Drama a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, esp. one intended to be acted on the stage; a play  
Antagonist : a person who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with another; opponent; adversary.  
Couplet a pair of successive lines of verse, esp. a pair that rhyme and are of the same length  
Exposition background information  
Dialogue • Dialogue: conversation between two or more persons  
Setting The time and place where the drama takes place  
Protagonist the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other literary work  
Alliteration a repitition of the initial sounds of several words in a group  
Renaissance Early Modern Period (England) 1500-1660  
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 syllableI  
Blank Verse unrhymed Iambic Pentameter  
Tragedy death: the protagonist usually has a flaw which leads to his downfall.  
Comedy play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion.  
History (Chronicle) Chronicles someones life or a part of history  
Genre A literary type or form  
Symbolism A device in literarture when an object represents an idea  
High Comedy Inspires thoughtful laughter  
Low Comedy Goes for the belly laugh, and includes farce, slapstick, and pratfalls.  
Sonnet A lyric poem of fourteen lines whose ryhme scheme is fixed  
Theme a unifying or dominant idea, motif, etc., as in a work of art  
Primogeniture First born child of the same parents  
Equivocation a fallacy caused by the double meaning of a word  
Aside Talking away from others on the stage either by themselves or to another character  
Soliloquy Character comes out all alone on stage and speaks his mind, no place to hide anything.  
Act one of the main divisions of a play or opera  
Scene a division of a play or of an act of a play, usually representing what passes between certain of the actors in one place  
Canon a fundamental principle or general rule  
Hamartia flaw in character or in action that brings the character down.  
Catharthis "purgation" and is the shedding of negative emotions such as hate, pity, and fear by the audience during tragedy.  
Farce a light, humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillfully exploited situation rather than upon the development of character.  
Aristocracy a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, esp. the hereditary nobility  
Thrust Stage a stage that extends beyond the proscenium arch and is usually surrounded on three sides by seats.  

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