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Unit 3 10th Grade Lit

LIterary Terms for unit 3 of 10th grade literature
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April Willis

on 8 January 2014

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Transcript of Unit 3 10th Grade Lit

Words you need to know!
Unit 3 Lit Terms
Theme
Central Idea or main concept
Verb Tense
time of verb's actions
Shows past or present
Tragic Hero
A great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is
destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat
Unit 3 Drama
10th Grade Lit. Shakespeare & Plays
Semicolon
Used to indicate a major division in a sentence
Can only be used between two independent clauses
Drama
Piece of writing in prose or verse that tells a story and is intended to be viewed on stage: a play
Act
Major division in the action of the play
one or more scenes
A break in acts shows a jump in time
Scene
subdivision of an act
represents a scene of actions happening in one place at one time
marked by a curtain, black out, or emptying of stage
Stage Directions
Information provided in addition to dialogue to help reader visualize the setting, characters, and action
usually in italics or parenthesis
Aside
a short speech or remark spoken by a character which the other characters do not hear
Tragedy
type of drama where a person of unusual moral, intellectual stature, or outstanding abilities suffers a fall from grace due to their own fault
Climax
turning point of the story
Denouement
portion of the plot that reveals the final outcome of its conflicts or solution
Deus Ex Machina
Resolution of a plot by highly improbably chance, coincidence or artificial device
Hubris
Arrogance or pride by a protagonist that leads to the downfall of the hero
In Media Res.
"In the middle of things"
technique of beginning a story in the middle of things
Monologue
An extended speech uttered by one speaker
usually, others are onstage listening
Soliloquy
a dramatic speech uttered by a character speaking aloud on stage
character is usually alone
give thoughts and feelings of character
Tragic Flaw
Defect of character that brings about the protagonist's downfall in a tragedy
Villain
The principal evil character in a play or story.
The villain is usually an antagonist.
Catastrophe
The action at the end of the tragedy that initiates the denouement
It usually involves the death of the protagonist.
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