English ~ Romeo and Juliet ~ Vocabulary Quiz #1

antagonist the character most actively opposing the protagonist; one who opposes another
prophecy foretelling of the future
dramatic irony the words or acts of a character in play may carry a meaning unperceived by himself but understood by the audience; usually the character’s own interests are involved in a way he cannot understand; the irony resides in the contrast between the meaning intended by the speaker and the added significance seen by others
irony a figure of speech in which the actual intent is expressed on words which carry the opposite meaning; the ability to recognize ” irony” is one of the surest tests of intelligence and sophistication; it speaks words of praise to imply blame and speaks words of blame to imply praise; the wrote has his tongue in his cheek
paradox a statement which while seemingly contradictory or absurd may actually be well-founded or true; pardox is a rhetorical device used to attract attention, to secure emphasis
imagery a picture drawn with words that invokes a picture in the mind of the reader
hypocrite one who does not practice what the preach; do as i say not as i do
Wyrd or Fate Norms of Scandinavian mythology; controlled men’s life as to life or death; in other words they controlled man’s destiny; goddesses of destiny; Angelo-Saxon belief
tragedy a serious drama typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force (destiny) and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that exacts pity or terror or fear
monologue the long soliloquy whose real purpose is to give information to the audience
aside a speech or remark addressed to the audience by one of the actors; presumably this remark is unheard by the other characters on stage
reversal the point at which the complication cultiminates in the plot; the protagonist’s fortune changes from good to bad (tragedy); or from bad to good (comedy)
climax the high point to which the plot consostantly builds
protagonist leading character or hero of drama; the leader in a cause; leader or advocate of cause; the pivotal character who creates conflict and makes the play more forward.
soliloquy speech delivered by a character alone on stage to allow people to know what is going on in his mind

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