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28 Cards in this Set

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What is Figuartive Language?
language not meant to be taken literally but rather imaginatively
What is a simile?
a comparison between two unlike things using like, as, seems, appears
What is a metaphor?
a suggested or implied comparison between two unlike things
What is personification?
human qualities given to non-human things
a play on words with multiple meanings
What is an allusion?
refrences to myths, religion, history, politics, culture, etc
What is a hyperbole?
a gross exaggeration for heightened effect
What is an oxymoron?
a pairing of words that contradicts one another
What is a soliloquy?
a speech in which an actor, alone on stage speaks his thoughts directly to the audience
What are the two purposes of a soliloquy?
1. gives insight into the character speaking
2. comments on the action of the play
Name the 6 pieces of the plot line and describe each.
1. Exposition- setting character and complication are introduced. Mood and condition are described
2. Exciting Force (complication): It "gets things going". Begins the conflict
3.Rising Action: events which lead up to the climax. Complication and conflict build and build
4. Climax- turing point of the play, from this point on, the hero moves to his inevitbale end through fate and tragic flaw
5. Falling action: includes events from the climax to the heros death.
6. Catastrophe: concerns the consequences of the heros action, must be death or destruction
what is the definition of tragedy or tragic flaw?
the depection of the destruction or death of a hero of high stature
Tragedy is the result of?
1.tragic flaw
What are the 5 main themes of the play?
1. Chaos results when the prescribed social order is broken
2. The best intentions of good, noble men can lead to tragedy
3.language is a powerful weapon and in the hands of a skilled person it can be used to manipulate others
4. Violence and bloodshed can never have morally good results
5. orderlines and stable rule, even though dictorial, are preferable to social disorder
The republic government they had relied on ____ to make decisions
checks and balances
The government also had participatory democracy which means that it was?
ruled by many
The government also had a ____ ____ which debated over issues
permanent senate
What is a triumverate?
power is shared by 3 individuals
Who were the 3 individuals in the Triumverate during Caesars time?
Caesar, Pompey, Crassius
What were the senators?
members of the ruling body, subordinate to Caesar as a dictator (represented nobility and landowners)
What were the tribunes?
members of the ruling body who had more limited power, (represented the common people)
What is the resolution of tragedy?
uplifting, restored order, sense of justice
What is blank verse?
unrhymed poetry in iambic pentameter
Blank verse has how many syllables per line?
blank verse has 5 pairs of ?
stressed and unstressed syllables
What are couplets?
2 consecutive lines of poetry that rhyme
When do couplets come up?
when characters exit and at the end of scenes
in shakespearean tragedys the dominant leader always?
utters the final lines