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Anachronism
the error of placing the wrong person or object in the wrong time period
Elizabethan
a term or adjective given to the period of time Elizabeth I rules England
Blank Verse
Unrhymed verse written in iambic pentameter
Iambic Pentameter
A series of unstressed and stressed syllables in a poem or play (10-syllable lines in which every second syllable is stressed)
Prologue
Preface or introduction of a play (an introduction or exposition)
Monologue
A speech by one character in a play, story, or poem directed to other characters on the stage
Allusion
A reference to well-known literature, work of art, society) that the reader had to have previous knowledge about in order to understand the context
Bawdy qualities
obscene, lewd, crude, or vulgar tendencies
Double Entendre
A word play, a technique used where literature or lines of a play have a double meaning
Paradox
Two words put together that are opposite in meaning that seems contrary to common sense and yet could be true
Hyperbole
An intended exaggeration or overstatement in a literary work
Irony
A contrast bet. what is expected to happen and what actually occurs
Verbal Irony
The opposite of what is said and what is meant
Situational Irony
When the event is a surprise to both the audience and the characters
Dramatic Irony
When the audience knows what is happening to the characters, but the characters have no clue
Comedy
a work of literature with the intention of evoking laughter, most often used in plays
Tragedy
a work of literature that results in catastrophe for the main character, most often used in plays
Protagonist
the main character of a literary work
Antagonist
a character in force in conflict with the main character, or protagonist
Dramatic Foil
a character who possesses opposite traits of another character, bringing out differing personality traits
Confidante
one to whom secrets are confided, usually the protagonist's friend in which he/she confides
Aside
a short speech, delivered by an actor in a play, expressing the character's thoughts, usually directed to the audience and is presumed inaudible to other actors
Soliloquy
a long speech expressing the thoughts of a character ALONE ON STAGE.