Trey Blanchard’s Romeo And Juliet Vocabulary

Alliteration Def: The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words.Ex:Mike’s microphone made much music
Allusion Def: An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitlyEx: He was a real Romeo with the ladies.
Analogy Def: A comparison between two things, typically on the basis of their structure and for the purpose of explanation or clarification.Ex: You are as annoying as nails on a chalkboard.
Antagonist Def: A person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or somethingEx: Voldemort in Harry Potter
Aside Def: A remark or passage by a character in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but unheard by the other characters in the play.Ex: After Juliet says: ‘O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Rome? Deny they father and refuse they name; or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I’ll no longer be a Capulet. Rome says aside: ‘Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?’ directed to the audience.
Couplet Def: Two lines of verse, usually in the same meter and joined by rhyme, that form a unit.Ex: Blessed are you whose worthiness gives scope,/Being had, to triumph; being lacked, to hope.
Charecterzation Def: the act of describing the character or qualities of someone or somethingEx: The class discussed the author’s characterization of the boy as someone who wanted to be accepted by others.
Climax Def: The highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of somethingEx: In “Romeo and Juliet”, the story reaches its climax in Act 3. In the first scene of the act, Romeo challenges Tybalt to a duel after Tybalt killed Mercutio
Dramatic Irony Def: An occasion in a play, film, or other work in which a character’s words or actions convey a meaning unperceived by the character but understood by the audience.Ex: Two people are engaged to be married but the audience knows that the man is planning to run away with another woman.
Dramatic structure Def: Dramatic structure is the structure of a dramatic work such as a play or film.Ex: any plot diagram
Epithet Def: An epithet is a literary device that describes a person, place or thing in such a way that it brings out or makes prominent the typical characteristic of the person, place or thing described.Ex: You have pushed me in a delicate corner.
Foil Def: A foil is another character in a story who contrasts with the main character, usually to highlight one of their attributes.Ex: In Harry Potter, the character of Hogwarts principal Albus Dumbledore, who portrays ‘good’, is constantly shown to believe in the power of true love (of all forms and types) and is portrayed as a strong, benevolent and positive character while the antagonist Lord Voldemort, who depicts the evil and ‘bad’ in the series is constantly shown to mock and disbelieve the sentiment of love and think of it as a foolish indulgence, a trait that is finally his undoing.
Foreshadowing Def: The use of indicative words/phrases and hints that set the stage for a story to unfold and give the reader a hint of something that is going to happen without revealing the story or spoiling the suspense.Ex: He had no idea of the disastrous chain of events to follow.
Irony Def: The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning.Ex: I posted a video on YouTube about how boring and useless YouTube is.
Metaphor Def: A figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance.Ex: My brother was boiling mad.
Motivation Def: reason why characters do what they do.Ex: love
Protagonist Def: The central character or leading figure in a novel or any other storyEx: In William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, the protagonist suffers terrible events because of his indecisiveness, which troubles him while murdering his evil uncle.
Pun Def: A pun is a play on words, often humorous, that uses words that have similar or identical sounds but very different meanings.Ex: An elephant’s opinion carries a lot of weight.
Repetition Def: A literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer.Ex: Because I do not hope to turn againBecause I do not hopeBecause I do not hope to turn…
Monologue Def: An extended speech by one person.Ex (from jaws): You know the thing about a shark, he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t seem to be living until he bites ya and those black eyes roll over and white and then, ah, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screaming. The ocean turns red and despite all the pounding and hollering, they all come in and they rip you to pieces.
Oxymoron Def: a figure of speech in which two opposite ideas are joined to create an effect.Ex: Open secret
Personification Def: Giving something non living the ability to do something a person can doEx: The flowers danced in the gentle breeze.
Simile Def: A figure of speech that makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things.Ex: The water well was dry as a bone.
Situation Irony Def: Irony involving a situation in which actions have an effect that is opposite from what was intended, so that the outcome is contrary to what was expected.Ex: a man who takes a step aside in order to avoid getting sprinkled by a wet dog, and falls into a swimming pool.
Soliloquy Def: A means of character revelation or character manifestation to the audience or the reader of the drama.Ex: the soliloquy of Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be” from Hamlet
Suspense Def: That quality of a literary work that makes the reader or audience uncertain or tense about the outcome of events.Ex: on old cartoons, it would create suspense when they say “tune in next week”
Theme Def: Theme is defined as a main idea or an underlying meaning of a literary work which may be stated directly or indirectly.Ex: “Romeo and Juliet” has the theme of love and friendship
Verbal Irony Def: A figure of speech in which the intended meaning of a statement differs from the meaning that the words appear to express.Ex: When someone doesn’t shut the door and someone else says “I think people who shut doors when it’s cold outside are really considerate.”

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