Romeo and Juliet

Exposition creates a tone, introduces the setting, introduces some of the characters, and supplies facts necssary for the understanding of the play.
Rising Action The antagonist and the protagonist are balanced against each other.
Climax Always occurs in the third act of shakesperean drama. It is the turning point of the action where the action turns from good to bad.
Complications events which serve to further the climax or catastorphe.
Falling action the continous downfall of the protagonist(s). It prepares the audience for the next phrase of the play.
Catastophe The tragic failure, usually the death, of the hero and comes as the natural outgrowth of the action.
Denouement The resoulution of the play where the tragedy is explained and the solution to the problem is given for future referance. Presents a moral
Tragedy A drama which tells of an important and related series of eventss in the life of a person of significance. The events end in an unhappy catasrophe. The whole drama is treated with great seriousness and dignity.
Soliliquy A speech of a character in a play delivered while the speaker is alone on stage. The sppech is designed to inform the audience or reader of what is passing through the character’s mind or to give information concerning other participants in the action which is essential for the reader to know.
Aside Words soken by an actor to be heard by the audience only and not by the actors on stage.
Dramatic Irony The words or acts of a character in a play may carry meaning unknown to him, but understood by the audience. Usually the character’s own interests are involved in a way which cannot be understood.
Protagonist The chief character in a play. He may have heroic qualities. He is usually a person of high rank.
Antagonist The chief opponent of the protagonist; his rival.
Fate Circumstances which cannot be controlled by humans.
tragic flaw a certain quality in a character’s personality ( usually in the protagonists personality) which causes his own downfall and ends in a tragedy.
free will the ability of a charcter in the pllay to make his own decisions and shape his own future. Fate and free will usually opposing each other in Shakespearan drama.
Pathos the suffering of a character and the feeling that the audience has for the characters. Pity us another word for pathos.
humorous relief elements of humor in the play that serve to relieve tensions in the audience.
chorus the actor who sets the tone of the play;ntroduces the characters, and or explains the plot of the play. This will appear at the beginning of the play and before acts. He may also appear at the end of the play to provide closure for the audience.
Puns humorous play on words indicating different meanings. These were popular means of providing humor.
Blank Verse The style of writing used by Shakespearan Poetry. Each line consists of five feet, each foot containing two syllables fo iambic pentameter.
Iambi Pentameter the beat or rythm of five feet or poetry; each foot contains an unaccented syllable followed by an accented syllable.
Iamb one foot of an unaccented syllable followed by an accented syllable.
Metaphor Comparing something in terms of something else, such as “a ship plows the sea”.
Extended metaphor it differs from regular metaphor in that severalcomparisons are made; an extended metaphor sustains the comparisonsfor several lines or for an entire poem.
When was shakespeare born april 23 1564
when did shakespere die? april23 1616
how many plays did he write 38
how many sonnets did shakesperare write? 154
how many comedies did shakesperare write? 18
how many tragedies didshakesperare write? 10
How many histories did he write 10H
how many words did shakesperare invent? 2000
what is a quatro? the name refers to the books small size
what is the first folio? the original collection of all shakesperare’s plays.
what is a comedy? the main characters learning a lesson and fallin in love
what is a history? playdepicted a story from England’s royal past.
History on Queen Elizabeth ascended to the throne 6 years before shakesperare was born. the greatest queen of the millennium.
Influence on shakesperare’s plays the importance of a stable government political views that served shakesperare well in reign of Elizabeth.
witches people who knew much and they made remedies to cure the sick.
Ghosts trapdoors so they did not come up from the underworld.
fairies thought as cruel and deformed they liked to play tricks on humans.
What are two different meanings for the word “coals”? Endure insults.
What are two different meanings for the word “collar”? The hangman’s nose.
What does it mean, “to bite one’s thumb”? Make an insulting gesture
Tybalt is a member of which family? Capulet
Who breaks up the fight between the two families? Prince Escalus
How many fights has there been lately? three
What punishment does the prince impose upon the two families? kill them
Who is asking for the whereabouts of Romeo? Lady Montague
Who has seen him? Benvolio
When we say King Lear is a tragedy, we mean that King Lear is a… Dramatic Art It is a form of Tragedy
How can a playwright make the experience our experience? Imagination, and language
Tragic Figures a) Noble figures who are better than we areb) Suffer a reversal of fortunec) Recognize the consequences of their actions
Tragedy a) The imaginative deception of the tragic figureb) This moves the audience to pity and fear
Terrible – tragic character extreme suffering
Beauty tragic character’s dignity
What impresses and moves us as an audience about a tragedy The true measure of a man
1. Who wrote Oedipus Rex? Sophocles
2. When was it performed? 5th Century BC
3. Who is Oedipus? King of Thebes
As Oedipus investigate the unsolved murder of a previous king, he revels… a) People that raised him in Corinth not his parents.b) He killed the king’s, his fatherc) He married and had children with his mother
Oedipus confronts these facts with Courage and Integrity
Is Oedipus a mighty figure? Yes, he is the king of Thebes
Does he suffer a reversal of fortune? Yes, he is banished from Thebes.
Does he endure uncommon suffering? Yes, Oedipus discovers he killed his father and married his mother
Does he recognize the consequences of his actions? Yes, Oedipus punishes himself violently.
Does his plight ennoble or enlarge us? Yes, Oedipus plight shatters and inspires
The focus of the play is on: self-discovery
What years make up the Middle Ages? AD 500-1500+
The time was called the Elizabethean era
Shakespeare grew up in startford on -avon
Later Shakespeare moved to London
He was a member of an acting company first called Lord Chamberlaines Men
the acting company was later called the kings men
plays were perfromed in a theater called Golbe
the theater was in the shape of an o
three________ held seats galleries
the center of the theater was called the pit
the people who stood to watch the performances were called groudlings
all performances were held during the day
performances lasted for three hours
Women’s parts were played by yound boys
Shakespeare moved to London in 1589
in 1592 the theaters were closed due to a _____ outbrake in plauge
the sonnets were written during the_____ 1590s
in 1603 the new ruler was____ King James
Shakespeare retired to________ Stratford
Poetry concentrated language
Prose ordinary everyday language
meter regular rythmic pattern in language
why did Shakespeare write in blank verse just that he did, resembles the way we speak
Why was the blank verse important? it was pleasing to the ear.
universal evil, goodness, strom in mind
particular villan, angel, actual storm.

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