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Alliteration
the repetition of consonant sounds at teh beginning of words
allusion
a reference to something in literature or history
apostrophe
speaking to someone or somethign that cannot hear or respond; a person talking to a plant, their car or computer
aside
a comment made by a character to the audience or another character but not heard by the other characters on stage
blank verse
poetry or lines of dramatic verse written in unrhymed iambic pentameter
chance happening
an unlikely or unexpected event or occurence which alters the outcome of the situation; coincidence
comic relief
a humorour sene or incident in an otherwise serious or tragic work. Comic relief freaks the tension yet emphasizes teh unfolding tragedy
compression
condensation of time; events that take place over the course of five days in real time are condensed into a two hour play
dramatic irony
a contrast between what a character believes to be true and what the audience or reader knows is true
fate
a power beyond human control that is held to determine what happens
foreshadowing
the use of clues in a story to prepare readers for upcoming events or to suggest the story's outcome
hyperbole
exaggeration for effect
imagery
describes something in terms of one of the five senses
metaphor
a direct comparision of unlike things
onomatopoeia
the use of words that sound like their meaning
oxymoron
a figure of speech consisting of two seemingly contradictory terms
personification
something non-human is given human characteristics
prologue
a speech, often in verse, addressed to the audience by an actor or chorus at the beginning of a play; introduction
pun
play on words, can include words with multiple meanings or words with different meaning sbut similar sounds
simile
a comparison of unlike things using the words like or as
soliloquy
a long speech revealing the emotions and thoughts of a character who is alone on stage
sonnet
a lyric poem of 14 lines (3 quatraings and 1 couplet), written in iambic pentameter with an abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheeme
tragedy
a play in which a main character, called the tragic hero, suffers a downfall
tragic flaw
character trait that leads to a hero's downfall
tragic hero
protagonist who, because of outside forces or a tragic flaw, suffers a downfall