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22 Cards in this Set

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comment by a character to the audience that reveals his or her inner thoughts and is not supposed to be heard by the other characters
the final event of the dramatic action in a tragedy
a turning point in the plot after which the situation for the main character will either improve or grow worse
climax - sometimes called the crisis
a lighthearted play that ends happily
a humorous incident that appears in a serious play to relieve emotional intensity
comic relief
struggle between two opposing forces that provides interest and suspense in a drama
the lines spoken by the characters
a form of literature using a script, stage direction, character parts, and division into acts
when the audience knows something a character has not yet realized, or one character knows something others do not
dramatic irony
events that precede the play's main action; dialogue sometimes recounts events that occurred earlier
a character whose personality traits contrast sharply with the traits of another character
a line or an event in a play that gives a clue about what is going to happen later
a play set in the past, usually about royalty and the struggle for power
history play
contrast between the expected outcome of a situation and the actual outcome
an extended speech by a single character
the reasons why characters behave the way they do
a brief drama within the play that reflects on the larger play
play within a play
a speech by a single character on stage who reveals his or her thoughts to the audience
a serious play with a disastrous ending
a trait that will eventually bring about a character's downfall
tragic flaw
a privileged, exalted character of high repute, who, by virtue of a tragic flaw and fate, suffers a fall from glory into suffering
tragic hero
discrepancy between what a character says and what he or she means
verbal irony