Romeo and Juliet Drama and Literary Terms

Tragedy Drama (play) in which the main character suffers from a fall from good fortune
Tragic Hero The most important character in a tragedy
Tragic Flaw One or more serious errors in judgement that the tragic hero makes
Comedy Drama (play) that deals with light and amusing subjects or with serious subjects in a light, familiar, or satirical manner
Satire A kind of comedy that ridicules people, practices, or institutions in order to reveal their fallings
Farce A kind of comedy that places flat, one dimensional characters in ridiculous situations
Stage Directions Written instructions that explain how to perform a play, including how the characters should look, speak, move, and behave
Chorus In Elizabethan drama, the __________ is portrayed by one actor, who often spoke the prologue and epilogue to the play
Dialogue Conversation between characters
Monologue The character speaks directly to another character or to himself or herself
Soliloquy The character speaks his or her innermost thoughts when there are not other characters on stage
Aside A character says something to the audience that the other characters are not supposed to hear
Situational Irony The outcome of a situation is the opposite of what is expected
Verbal Irony A person says one thing but means the other
Dramatic Irony The reader or audience knows something the characters do not
Blank Verse Unrhymed poetry or iambic pentameter. Each line has 5 units
Foil A character who provides a strong contrast to another character
Pun A humorous play on words. Usually involve words that are similar in sound or a word that has several meanings
Shakespearean Sonnet fourteen line poetry that uses the following rhyme scheme abab cdcd efef gg

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