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Drama Literary Terms

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Joyner Gross

on 30 September 2013

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Transcript of Drama Literary Terms

Act
A division within a play, much like the chapters of a novel.
Aside
Lines that are spoken by a character directly to the audience
Example of Act:
There are 5 acts in a Midsummer Nights Dream, by Shakespeare
In his speech he mentioned her contributions almost as an aside, despite the fact that she was the one who came up with the idea originally.
Example of Aside
Example of Aside:
Drama Literary Terms
Cast of Characters
A listing of the characters who appear on the stage
Example of a Cast:
Comedy
A humorous work of drama.
Examples of Comedy:
What do you call cheese that isn't yours? Nacho Cheese
Where do otters come from?
Otter space!
Dialogue
A conversation between two or more characters
Example of Dialogue:
Juliet: I will not fail: ‘tis twenty years till then.
I have forgot why I did call thee back.

Romeo: Let me stand here till thou remember it.

Juliet: I shall forget, to have thee stand there,
Remembering how I love thy company.

Romeo: And I’ll still stay, to have thee still forget.

Exert from Romeo and Juliet
Drama
A work of literature designed to be performed in front of an audience
Example of Drama:
Dramatic Irony
When the audience or reader knows something that the characters in the story do not know
Examples of Dramatic Irony;
The Little Mermaid: We know that Ariel is a mermaid, while the Prince does not

Snow White: We know the Apple given to Snow White by the witch is poisoned, while Snow White does not.
Foil
A character who is much like another character in class, rank, and background, but has opposite traits which provide a contrast and conflict between the two characters
Monolouge
A long speech spoken by a character to himself, another character, or to the audience.
Example of Foil:
Example of Monolouge:
Example of Monolouge
Scene
A division of an act into smaller pieces
Example of Scene
Stage Directions
Italicized comments that identify parts of the setting or the use of props or costumes, give further information about a character, or provide background information
Example of Stage Directions
Tragedy
A serious work of drama in which the hero suffers catastrophe or serious misfortune, usually because of his own actions
Example of Tragedy
Tragic Hero
A protagonist with a fatal flaw which eventually leads to his demise
Example of Tragic Hero
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