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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
aside
the final event of the dramatic action in a tragedy
catastrophe
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
comedy
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
conflict
the lines spoken by the characters
dialogue
a form of literature using a script, stage direction, character parts, and division into acts
drama
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
flashback
a character whose personality traits contrast sharply with the traits of another character
foil
a line or an event in a play that gives a clue about what is going to happen later
foreshadowing
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
irony
an extended speech by a single character
monologue
the reasons why characters behave the way they do
motivation
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
soliloquy
a serious play with a disastrous ending
tragedy
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