Hamlet Vocabulary

Introspective Being aware and investigative of one’s own conscious thoughts and feelings.
Conscious Not being awake.
Melancholic Feeling or expressing pensive sadness.
Psycho-analytical Relating to the studies or theories put forward by Sigmund Freud.
Incest Sexual relations with a close relative.See Alabama.
Apparition A ghost or ghostlike image of a person.
Cultural Anxiety Cultural anxiety is anxiety over critical issues faced by many people and countries in the process of social transition.
Nihilism The rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.
Dramatic Convention A dramatic convention is a set of rules which both the audience and actors are familiar with and which act as a useful way of quickly signifying the nature of the action or of a character.
Feminist A person who supports feminism.
Revenge Protagonist The protagonist in a revenge tragedy, tasked with revenging.
Avenge Inflict harm in return for (an injury or wrong done to oneself or another).
Mercurial Mercurial describes someone whose mood or behavior is changeable and unpredictable, or someone who is clever, lively, and quick.
Irony A state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.
Hubris Excessive pride or self-confidence.
Hamartia A fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.
Nemesis A long-standing rival; an arch-enemy.
Anagnorisis Anagnorisis is a moment in a play or other work when a character makes a critical discovery. Anagnorisis originally meant recognition in its Greek context, not only of a person but also of what that person stood for.
Pathos A quality that evokes pity or sadness.
Catharsis The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.
Conscience A person’s moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one’s behaviour.
Noble Belonging by rank, title, or birth to the aristocracy.Having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles.
Post-Reformation A religious and political movement of 16th-century Europe that began as an attempt to reform the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant Churches.
Renaissance The Renaissance was a fervent period of European cultural, artistic, political and economic “rebirth” following the Middle Ages. Generally described as taking place from the 14th century to the 17th century, the Renaissance promoted the rediscovery of classical philosophy, literature and art.
Autonomy The right or condition of self-government.
Meta-theatrical Metatheatre, and the closely related term metadrama, describes the aspects of a play that draw attention to its nature as drama or theatre, or to the circumstances of its performance.

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